Bruce Aitken

Bruce Aitken

About the Artist

Bruce was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, when he was 8 he joined forces with Roger McLachlan (Little River Band, John Farnham) to form NZ's youngest beat group Rogers Dodgers.

Moved to Lower Hutt, joined Heathen Grace, Battle of the Bands winners Wgtn in 1972, 4th National finals in Auckland and has worked with many of NZ's premier artists including Howard Morrison, Ray Columbus, Ray Wolf, Maria Dallas, John Hore, Dalvanious, Bunny Walters, Rikki Morris, Harry Lyon, Mal Foster, and many others.

Bruce moved to Melbourne in 1993 where he formed Fish Tree Mother with Lobby Loyde (Australian R & R Hall of Fame). He then relocated Canada and invented Cape Breton Int Drum Festival from 2001- 2010.

Bruce has played on stage with many of the world's greatest drummers, Denny Seiwell (Paul & Wings),Danny Seraphine (Chicago), Michael Shrieve (Santana), Liberty Devitto ( Billy Joel), Bill Cobham (Miles Davis), Mike Mangini (Dream Theatre), Uriel Jones (Stevie Wonder), Alan White ( John Lennon & George Harrison), Bill Bruford (Yes, King Crimson), Pete Locket, Hossam Ramzey, Roxy Petrucci,Lenny Castro and many others

Toured Canada three times & Europe with awarding winning Blues artist John Campbell, Afghanistan in 2008 in  support for the Troops Tour backing Alfie Zappacosta, Carson Downey, Two Bullet Parade and The Keats. Gigged in Dubai, Kandahar and Kabul.

Toured with The Irish Rovers twice, Canadian Legend Fred Eaglesmith, and also performed or recorded with multi award winning artists including Grammy Winner Gordie Sampson & Multi Award Winning Guitarist Matt Minglewood.

Bruce has also won many awards Including Musician of the Year in Nova Scotia Canada in 2004.


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