When I Grow Up... (2002)

Sheer Sound Released September 2002 {SLCD 030}

Nominated for “Best Instrumental Album of the Year” and “Best Newcomer for 2003” at the South African Music Awards as well as being the youngest nominee in the history of South Africa.


Produced by Guy Buttery Engineered, mixed and co-produced by Angus Kerr Mastered by David Birch at Tropical Sweat Studios

 Art Direction, design and photography by Bruce Buttery 

Artwork and cover photography by Strijdom van der Merwe 

Published by Sheer Publishing 

 All compositions by Guy Buttery (except A + E by Guy Buttery and Barry Corden) 

Recorded at Faraway Place, Westville, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in April 2002 


 Personnel - 

Guy Buttery - acoustic guitar, mandolin

Nibs van der Spuy - acoustic guitar

Barry Corden - acoustic guitar

Logan Byrne - double bass




"Guy Buttery is the prodigiously gifted talent behind "When I Grow Up...” an instrumental journey with Buttery and his guitar through the emotional hinterlands of KwaZulu-Natal. The title of the album is both ironic and sweetly appropriate. Buttery is a mere 18 years old, yet the content of the album suggests a mind and a talent, decades older." - The Independent

  "There's a great mind inside the string player. You WILL be bowled over by such huge talent in one so young." - The Star “CD of the Week”

"...I closed my eyes and imagined a small band of wizened African minstrels that might be playing strange, esoteric instruments. When I opened my eyes, Guy Buttery was still there. A lone person, having a conversation with wood and steel." - The Saturday Independent “Album of the Week”

  "Incarnated with the joy of music in his fingers and an explorative curiosity in his mind, Buttery 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…." - Bejazzed Magazine 

"At once sparse and perfectly complete, Buttery sings with his guitar previously unspoken words that are almost a language unto themselves. There is the echo of the Zulu guitar, the resonance of an emotional investment in landscape and the insular, imaginative mind of a talented young man." - The Independent on Saturday

  "The sound of the music is idyllic and tranquil, full of breath and sense of wonder." - SL Magazine