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GUY BUTTERY (article first published : 2005-06-9)

Fresh from 10 weeks back-packing through India, Guy Buttery has returned to South African to launch his second, much-anticipated release. After creating storms in the music industry after his first performance at the age of 16, Buttery has made a respectable name for himself and created a niche of his own in the world of instrumental, fingerstyle guitar, using many unorthodox techniques that create the fabric of his idiosyncratic songs.

His latest release titled Songs from the Cane Fields features Buttery playing guitar, sitar, piano and classical guitar with many of South Africa's best artists backing him on guitars, violin and upright bass.

At the age of 21, Guy Buttery is SAMA awards’ youngest nominee in the history of the event. This was in 2003 in the category of Best Instrumental, Best Newcomer for his debut; When I Grow Up. He has put together an ambitious collection of 12 newly-recorded songs embracing his homely surroundings of the lush KwaZulu-Natal rolling cane fields.

"In a country with a vast dearth of fingerstyle guitarists, Guy Buttery does my heart fiercely proud,” says world-renowned leading South African acoustic guitarist, Tony Cox. “He is part of the next wave of young guitar players who stands out head and shoulders above the rest. With music at once uncompromising yet intensely passionate and articulate Guy is on a major guitar roll - may it roll long and wide!”

In Bejazzed Magazine, Gisele Turner wrote: "Guy Buttery incarnated with the joy of music in his fingers and an explorative curiosity in his mind. Buttery uses and dispenses with technique, allows time to travel down the long neck of his guitar, writes poetry with his fingernails, chokes notes and then let’s them fly. And this is only the beginning…."




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