Songs from the Cane Fields

Iris/Greenhouse Records Released September 2005 - {GHR 002} 
Nominated for “Best Instrumental Album of the Year” at the South African Music Awards.

 

 

 

Produced by Guy Buttery Engineered and Co-produced by Angus Kerr Mixed and Mastered by David Birch at Tropical Sweat Studio's

Artwork by Dom Antelme
Photography by Guy Buttery
Artist Photography by Nigel Seed
Published by Sheer Publishing
All composition by Guy Buttery [except tracks 5 & 8 by Guy Buttery and Barry Corden]
Recorded in Guy's lounge, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, September 2004


Personnel - 

Guy Buttery - acoustic guitar, sitar, classical guitar

Angus Kerr - violin

Barry Corden - acoustic guitar

Ellis Pearson - double bass

Nibs van der Spuy - acoustic guitar and slide

 

REVIEWS

“Guy Buttery’s goal is to stretch the boundaries of fingerstyle guitar to their outermost limits. ‘Songs from the Cane Fields’ is the most diverse and intriguing fingerstyle album in recent memory.” - Guitar Player Magazine USA’s leading Guitar Magazine

“Put on this CD and you can almost feel the warm breeze off the Indian Ocean. Guy Buttery's music is all about atmosphere and contrast, and he's drawn from the sights and sounds of his South African surroundings and culture to conjure it all so magically. Somewhere halfway through "Cane Fields" a smooth transition from fingerstyle to ambient acoustic tone poems occurs, experimental ground cleverly foisted as traditional.” - Minor7th Webzine

“You can almost see the tall cane fields towering above you and smell the untamed sea as Guy puts into motion the passion-fuelled music which defies capture and confinement as it is released from a sacred place in his soul.” - South African Times The Voice for South Africans in the U.K.

“Unorthodox twenty-something Guy Buttery throws down the gauntlet with an album of incredible versatility and imagination. There are times when it sounds as if there’s a seven-piece band backing Guy Buttery, so complex and rich is the sound, but it’s just him and his acoustic guitar exploring myriad textures and rhythms with an ingenious imagination and scant regard for music industry rules. It’s the kind of album that reveals something new at every turn, the kind of album that never gets old or outstays its welcome.” - JHBLive

“… persuasively original instrumental architectures that flow from impressionist acoustic guitar sketches and quietly psychedelic sitar improvisations to mandolin-picked pastoral tone poems kissed with classical, folk, bluegrass, and avant-garde filters.” - The Mail & Guardian