Bruce Lynch

Bruce Lynch
BornJune 1, 1948 (age 73)
OriginNew Zealand
GenresPop, rock
InstrumentsBass guitar
Double bass
Bass synthesizer
Years active1970s–present
Associated actsCat Stevens, Atlas, Zed, Morrissey–Mullen

Bruce Lynch (born June 1, 1948 in New Zealand) is an electric and acoustic bassist, producer and arranger.


Music career

Arriving in the UK in the mid-1970s, Lynch became a commercially successful session musician, touring extensively with Cat Stevens, including Stevens's 1976 Earth Tour as a sideman that was recorded as the album/DVD, Majikat, released in 2004; he appeared on six of Steven's albums. His wife Suzanne Lynch sang backing vocals for much of this time. He also recorded on two albums for Richard Thompson, and an album with Rick Wakeman[1] as well as on Chris Rea's 1980 album Tennis and on Kate Bush's debut album. While in the UK, he was also an early member of British jazz fusion band Morrissey–Mullen, together with fellow New Zealand session musician Frank Gibson, Jr. on drums.

Returning to New Zealand in 1981, he started arranging and orchestrating for New Zealand television and jazz ensembles. He later became a record producer, producing, amongst others, Kiri te Kanawa's Maori Songs album, "(Glad I'm) Not a Kennedy" by Shona Laing, and receiving two New Zealand Music Awards: in 1981 as Producer of the Year for Dave McArtney and the Pink Flamingos, and in 1986 as Best Producer, for Peking Man.

On 18 September 2020 Yusuf/Cat Stevens released Tea for the Tillerman 2, a reimagining and re-recording of his 1970 album Tea for the Tillerman. Lynch played bass on the new recording,[2]and discussed the background and details of how this happened with Jesse Mulligan on RNZ[3].

Bruce's son, Andy Lynch, is also a well known guitarist. He has played with Sting and was formerly the lead guitarist for the band, Zed. He currently plays with the New Zealand band, Atlas. He also created the theme song for Power Rangers Mystic Force.


With Cat Stevens

(All albums with Cat Stevens were released by Island/A&M unless otherwise noted

With others


  1. ^ allmusic
  2. ^ Yusuf /Stevens, Cat. "New Album: Tea for the Tillerman²" . Cat Stevens/Yusuf. Retrieved 22 September 2020.
  3. ^ Mulligan, Jesse. "Music Feature - Cat Stevens' Tea For The Tillerman 2" . RNZ. Retrieved 22 September 2020.

External links

Categories: 1948 births | Living people | New Zealand musicians | New Zealand session musicians | New Zealand bass guitarists | Male bass guitarists | New Zealand record producers | New Zealand expatriates in the United Kingdom | Double-bassists | Male double-bassists | 21st-century double-bassists | 21st-century male musicians | Morrissey–Mullen members | New Zealand male guitarists | New Zealand guitarists | New Zealand musician stubs

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