Live in KwaZulu (2013)

Sheer Sound

Released June 2013 - {SLCD 276}

The long awaited live recording by fingerstyle guitar giant Guy Buttery. Described as a "one man guitar orchestra", 'Live in KwaZulu' features Guy's version of Joanna Newsom's "The Book of Right On" and his live loop, eBow and saw classic, "Smithfield" available for the first time on CD .

Guy Buttery - acoustic guitars, mbira, saw, ebow and loops

Nibs van der Spuy - acoustic guitar (on track 8 & 10)

All compositions by Guy Buttery except track 3 written by Joanna Newsom (arranged by Guy Buttery)

Captured live on location over two nights at the Howard College Theatre at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa

Recorded by Howard Butcher (Peace of Eden Studios)

Mixed and Mastered by Brent Quinton (Hit Record)

Published by Half 4 Howie

Produced by Guy Buttery

Artwork and Layout by Supply Creative


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"Buttery is a god on the fretboard. A guitar master who proves once again that he doesn’t push boundaries; he simply vaults over them and goes for a stroll in the musical unknown."


"... an acoustic tour de force and testament to Buttery's stature as a burgeoning fret colossus! Loops, killer chops and a highly evolved sense of melody, texture and adventure are all present, as well as the spirit of Michael Hedges and the obvious influence of Buttery's South African roots. I recently took part in a "best live album of all time debate" and I now have a new top five entry. This 29 year old artist has the potential to ascend to a level of creativity, artistry and accessibility that few musicians achieve"

- MINOR 7th, USA

"... the finest guitarist in South Africa today."  


If the Inuit have a dozen lexemes describing the various phenomena of snow, Buttery has a dozen ways of unveiling what to other musicians would be the same note. A release as rich as Live in KwaZulu cannot really be said to have highlights – the light abounds, as it were – but most guitarists will stutter for a week after experiencing his astounding Half A Decade, which is so talently textured as to hint at a new vocabulary of guitar playing. His fret board seems to undergo actual transmogrification, in one delicious sequence morphing into a grove of subtle, oriental cymbals. A sensory feast."


"A one man guitar orchestra!"


"...elevated to a six-string stratosphere that's the stuff of legend!"


"Buttery already has an enviable catalogue of three fine and award-winning solo studio albums, an excellent collection of duets with running partner Nibs van der Spuy, and a potentially collectible vinyl album of bits and pieces. But he is probably still best experienced live, where the prodigious technique at the service of his playing – rather than the other way round – and an approach that constantly explores and investigates, guarantees an evening of sonic risk."


"Guy, clearly a master of the guitar amongst other instruments, has a fantastic breadth to his playing style. His ability to convey emotion through tonality and power shows throughout the album with some gorgeously subtle, subdued moments traversing all the way to the fierce and downright enraged."


"A live recording of scintillating guitar playing - possibly the most amazing acoustic guitar I’ve heard."