Bruce McCUMSTIE (2011)
Born in 1942 and raised at Tullamore NSW
on his parent’s Merino stud Farm
Bruce’s first band “The Vikings” was
based in Trundle NSW in the era of woolshed dances, balls and
live bands everywhere every weekend.
Bruce played bass for many years in
well known bands including the
Kimberly Country Band
Men of Country.
During the era of the early 70’s there were venues
like the great Texas Tavern where Nev Nicholls had his band and
where Bruce filled in as a bass player with musicians and
singers like Kevin King, Jan Kelly, Rex Dallas and musicians
like Al Tompkins, Gary Brown and many were all playing around
Sydney at the time.
Bruce plays tribute to this era in his recently
released track “Who’s Got the Pub in Sydney Now”
By default Bruce became the lead
singer when the “Kimberley Country Band” front man took ill and
Bruce took his role.
This band later became
and with Bruce fronting the band boasted other band members over
the years like a keen young man eager to learn the pedal steel
called Michelle Rose, a lead guitarist called Kevin Bennett and
another guitarist and singer
named Peter Johnson just to name a few.
In the early 1980s Bruce left Sydney with his young family to manage
nightclub in Rockhampton
In 1984 he moved to Gympie and formed
band with mate Peter Lee.
like James Blundell and Troy Cassar Daley cut their country
music teeth with “Blue Heeler”.
Bruce performed on main stage for the first fourteen
years at the Gympie Muster and many other Queensland festival s, events and venues.
Bruce then embarked on a solo career and in 1999 moved back
to NSW and lived on Lake
Macquarie and performed around
Well known for his “Willie Nelson” style
vocals Bruce has performed in several production shows paying
tribute to this great songwriter.
From 2003 t0 2007 -
“Throw the Billy On”
was Bruce’s first all Australian Country Music Show and it
played five days a week at Harrigan’s in the Hunter Valley
Vineyard for over four years – over 1,000 shows in total.
Bruce performs regularly at festivals
and events throughout
as well as his production performances as “Willie” in
“Waylon and Willie”
with mate Rob Wilson, in
“Willie & Kris”
with mate Bryen Willems and with Daniel Thompson they perform
all together as the
His newest “Willie” venture is
“Strickly Nashville” with Donella Waters as
Dolly(Donella previously starred with Bruce in “Luv Ya Willie”).
But Bruce’s first love is Australian
Country Music and wherever and whenever he can be found
performing in his show
of Our home and Heritage”
taking you on a historical journey through
Australian Country Music History.