Fox Hill Lane (2009)

Peace of Eden 

Released July 2009 - {POEMS 170620091}


  The inimitable Guy Buttery starts a National tour of his home country (South Africa) hot on the heels of sessions at Peace of Eden’s recording studio in Knysna where he believes he has produced his best album yet. Fox Hill Lane is just off the press, literally. It features an eclectic collection of local and international musicians who have collaborated with Guy over the last few years and it falls nothing short of a relative masterpiece. 

Whilst the album could be fairly pigeon-holed as a beautifully crafted journey across an undulating landscape of fingerstyle guitar, it’s anything but derivative. Collaborators include Nibs van der Spuy, Dan Patlansky, Tony Cox, Piers Faccini, Madala Kunene, and Syd Kitchen. At an astonishing age of 25, Guy has three acclaimed albums to his credit, three nominations at the SAMA awards, numerous successful international tours and an exponentially expanding fan base. Having featured on the Australia’s Big Day Out festival in 2008, the Acoustic Festival of Great Britain and New York’s Long Island Festival, all in the same year, it figures that Guy’s career is on the ascent. A road show of performances across South Africa launches Fox Hill Lane in major centres during 2009. It’s an album to treasure and an essential element in any CD collection. 


Produced by Guy Buttery 

Engineer, mastered and co-produced by Howard Butcher at Peace of Eden Studio's - 

Mixed by Howard Butcher and Guy Buttery 

Assistant engineering by Thomas Jacobsen 

Photography, album artwork, layout and design by Greg Lomas - 

All compositions by Guy Buttery except track 14 by Guy Buttery and Piers Faccini and track 8 by Martin Wolfaardt. 


Personnel - Guy Buttery - acoustic guitar, classical guitar, sitar, tanpura, ebow, singing bows, musical saw, dun dun, bowed acoustic bass 

Dan Patlansky - dobro 

 Nibs vd Spuy - acoustic guitar 

 Tony Cox - acoustic guitar 

 James Kielczynki - brushes on snare 

 Martin Wolfaardt - piano 

 Piers Faccini - harmonium, tampura, harmonica and dulcimer 

 Andy Turrell - pedal steel guitar 

 Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby - violin 

 Madala Kunene - Jewish harp and vocals 

 Syd Kitchen - hosepipe flute



"Guy Buttery's latest album is a true accomplishment. Layers of musical landscapes are woven together to harness the listener, note by note. Fox Hill Lane is a timeless record and of the best stuff to ever come out of South Africa." - Acoustic Image

“I am moved by Guy Buttery's musical language and journey: this musician from South Africa is painting a framework, transforming his roots and the richness of his mixed culture into an inspired language that has become very personal and yet universal. This is touching, refreshing and amazing to witness. Thank you for his intoxicating joy, and may his voyage be as rich and exciting as a long life melody." - Pierre Bensusan, World renowned Acoustic Guitarist

"Fox Hill Lane is a study in contrasts, ranging from the meditative, slightly nostalgic solo guitar of opening track ‘7” postcard (45RPM)’ and ‘Travel By Packet’, to the jubilant mbaqanga-tinged ‘Sibanisezwe’ and ‘Mama’, and the mesmeric cycles of ‘Half a Decade’. The album contains plenty of Buttery’s trademark intricate fingerwork and full use of the rhythmic and percussive qualities of his instruments, as he explores the boundaries of different styles and genres. The use of instruments like the dobro, tabla, sitar and hosepipe flute give the music an original, earthy feel, and there is the suggestion of mountains, rivers and wide open spaces, the sounds and rhythms by turns soaring and energetic, brooding and melancholy. Fox Hill Lane is a testament to Guy Buttery’s growth as a musician and a person, and a richly textured collection of beautifully crafted music, rooted in South Africa but destined for the world." - Music Industry Online

"... a real winner!" - David Spelman, Artistic Director at the New York Guitar Festival

"...a unique brand of neo-pastoral indie-folk viscerally connected to the soil from which it sprang. At the tender age of 25, Buttery is already approaching something approximating world renown with the past year having included increasingly high-profile live shows across Africa, Europe, America and Australia and media touchstones such as Guitar Magazine proclaiming him one of the finest fingerstyle guitarists of his generation. Achieving the rare crossover combination of greater accessability and evolved lyricism, the album could be the one that takes Buttery from the cane fields to KwaZulu-Natal to the snowcapped pinnacles of success." - The Mail and Guardian

"... a breathtakingly beautiful album - flawless, confident, expressive and inspirational." - SL Magazine