Nibs van der Spuy/Guy Buttery in concert

Nibs_and_Guy_Web3 Feb 2012

Lovers of music are in for a huge treat when these internationally renowned guitar legends showcase their brand new duo show after a five year break, due to their rigorous individual touring schedules. This will be accompanied by the release of their first ever collaboration album.  Tickets are available through Computicket at R90, with a discounted price of R50 for students.

Anyone who’s ever witnessed a ‘Guy and Nibs’ performance will remember a tight synergy of fluid and interwoven musical tapestry. The virtuosos collaborated on a series of shows in the early and mid 2000’s before their respective careers took off both locally and internationally.

Guy has recently been featured in the world’s biggest selling guitar magazine ‘Guitar Player’, which saw him performing at leading guitar festivals throughout Europe, Australia and the US. He has also just picked up 3 national awards including the esteemed SAMA Award for ‘Best Instrumental Album for 2010’. In the same vein Nibs has become a highly acclaimed guitarist, singer/songwriter, being featured in leading publications from France’s ‘Liberation’ to the UK ‘Guardian’. He performs regularly abroad with his biggest interest being in France. In the midst of all these credible achievements, the odd guest appearance on one another’s shows proved that there was still plenty of magic in the air. A big seed was planted in June 2010 when both Guy and Nibs were invited to play at the ‘Rio Loco Festival’ in Toulouse, France. It was the first time in years where their performing paths crossed for more than a moment and thus the intention for a new combined act re-emerged.

The audience can expect some new compositions with old favourites and a few surprises. Both Nibs and Guy feel very excited to be doing this theatre tour in the wake of their highly anticipated album release. The album was recorded at the Peace of Eden studios outside Knysna over 3 days in November and went beyond both Nibs and Guy’s expectations.


Individual Biographies:


"Buttery's avant-garde world music is exceptionally beautiful - from composition to technique to atmospherics - and his latest release, "Fox Hill Lane" is one of the most adventurous acoustic recordings in recent memory." 
– Guitar Player Magazine, USA

2011 was an exceptionally profound year for Guy Buttery. Barely moments after winning “Best Instrumental Album” at the South African Music Awards and straight off the plane from a European Festival Tour, he returned home to South Africa for a run at the National Arts Festival and won not one, but two National Awards including the Standard Bank Golden Ovation Award for the Best Music Production.

Apart from local achievements, Guy’s worldwide scope and recognition rose exponentially post the release of his third and latest album Fox Hill Lane. The response Guy received for what he believes to be his most mature album to date was phenomenal. Apart from the obvious accolades surrounding winning awards, Guy met nothing but glowing reports in 2010 on both the musicality and production of Fox Hill Lane with international press. The most noticeable of these being a 3 page spread in the latest edition of Guitar Player Magazine (the Worlds biggest guitar related publication) which subscribes to over 11 million readers worldwide.

In October 2011, Guy released his first vinyl, ‘To disappear in Place’ and is currently touring it nationwide.

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‘Pervasive traditional African storytelling craft, carried aloft Nibs's creative music writing and lively maskanda guitar mixed in with acoustic folk sounds make ‘A house across the river’, a remarkable album. From the opening harmonica, deep base and tinny riffs of the picturesque title track, to the hymnal Nieu Bethesda and solemn Celtic instrumental Apple Tree Wick, this album propels Nibs as a foremost proponent of the fine weave of cultural sounds that are this country. | 5 Stars Sunday Times, South Africa (Aug 2010)

"Nibs has set out to produce the most sensitive and breathy songs on the continent with instrumental pieces showing off his classy, gently sturdy guitar work " The Guardian, UK (Dec 2008)

Nibs van der Spuy is an acoustic guitarist, singer songwriter phenomomen from South Africa. His virtuosic acoustic guitar style and a mesmeric whispering voice have attracted a widespread following for its intelligent folk, world and African overtones. His 2008 offering, ‘A BIRD IN THE HAND’ received accolades and 5 stars from across the globe. Germany’s JAZZTHETIC publication cited it as a future classic of the folk genre while the GUARDIAN praised Nibs for producing the most sensitive and breathy songs and instrumentals on the continent.

He has just returned from tours of the UK and France (where he enjoys his biggest international popularity.) Nibs also recently played the prestigious Blues and Roots festival in Australia where he shared the bill with Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.

His latest offering, “A HOUSE ACROSS THE RIVER” was released in April 2010 in South Africa with all international releases to following in September of the same year. On its release Nibs had a full page article in one of France’s newspapers, LIBERATION and won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the recent National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Most recently, Keith Tamkei from the Sunday Times gave “A HOUSE ACROSS THE RIVER” a 5 star review.

Nibs has been touring Europe the best part of 2011 and  appeared in June in France’s leading guitar publication, ‘Unplugged’. It featured Nibs giving a master class and story feature.  In October 2011, he also released his all acoustic album, ‘Morning Star’, which features only voice and various guitars recorded in a day.