Guy Buttery

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Guy Buttery
Guy Buttery live on stage at Rocking The Daisies Festival 2010
Guy Buttery live on stage at Rocking The Daisies Festival 2010
Background information
Born (1983-11-26) November 26, 1983 (age 33)
Origin Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Genres World Music
Years active 2002–present

Guy Buttery (26 November 1983) is a South African musician primarily known as a guitar player. Cited as “one of South Africa’s most influential artists over the past decade" by The Sunday Independent, Buttery's distinctive acoustic style is influenced by traditional South African culture, music and instrumentation. In live performances, Guy also uses an EBow and a looper to create "synth-like textures".[1] He is influenced by artists such as Michael Hedges, Steve Newman, Madala Kunene, Tony Cox,[2] Tananas, Led Zeppelin, Mark Kozelek and Ralph Towner.[1] Guy has received numerous accolades for his recorded work as well as for his live performances. He has collaborated, toured, supported and recorded with dozens of artists including Dave Matthews,[3] Jethro Tull,[3] multiple Grammy Award[4] winner and founder of Windham Hill Records,[4] William Ackerman,[4] Vusi Mahlasela,[4] Piers Faccini,[4] Dan Patlansky, Shawn Phillips,[3] Violent Femmes,[5] Martin Simpson, Salif Keita, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Steve Newman,[3] Jon Gomm, Preston Reed and many others.


Guy Buttery was born in a small coastal town outside of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal[3] in South Africa. He studied Jazz at Kwa-Zulu Natal Technikon with Nibs van der Spuy and later on at the Durban School of Music, where he studied with Leandros Stavrou for a brief period.[5] At the age of 18, Guy Buttery’s debut album was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Instrumental’ at the South African Music Awards (SAMA’s) making him the youngest nominee in the history of the event. Guy has since gone on to collect two SAMA’s in 2010 and again in 2014. He has also received numerous other major accolades including The Standard Bank Ovation Award for his live performances at the National Arts Festival, and has been honoured with more of these prestigious awards than any other musician. Guy was then invited to perform his works with the 52-piece KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, dubbed “Africa’s greatest ensemble” with his solo performance voted “Top Live Show” by The Cape Times and was selected by the public as one of South Africa’s Top Young Personalities by The Mail & Guardian. In 2014 Guy married Brazilian fashion designer, Julia Mendes Pinheiro Franco.[6]

Awards & Nominations[edit]

  • 2003 SAMA 'Best Instrumental' and 'Best Newcomer' Award Nominations for "When I Grow Up..."
  • 2006 SAMA 'Best Instrumental Album' Nomination for "Songs from the Cane Fields"
  • 2010 SAMA 'Best Instrumental Album' Award Winner for "Fox Hill Lane"
  • 2010 Standard Bank Ovation Award - 'Gold' for 'Best Music' at the National Arts Festival
  • 2012 SAMA 'Best Instrumental Album' Nomination for "To Disappear in Place"
  • 2012 SAMA 'Best Instrumental Album' Nomination for "In The Shade of the Wild Fig"
  • 2012 Mail & Guardian Top Young South African - Voted by the public
  • 2014 Standard Bank Ovation Award - 'Silver' for 'Best Music' at the National Arts Festival
  • 2014 SAMA 'Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album' Award Winner for "Live in KwaZulu"
  • 2016 SAMA 'Best Instrumental Album' Nomination for "Guy Buttery"



  1. ^ a b Leslie, Jimmy (September 2012). "Guy Buttery on Playing with Texture". Guitar Player. p. 28. 
  2. ^ Leslie, Jimmy (16 February 2010). "Guy Buttery Feature Interview Outtakes". Guitar Player. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "BIOGRAPHY | south africa". Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "South Africa's Guy Buttery Records a New Album". Indiegogo. Retrieved 2015-12-11. 
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  7. ^ "Local guitarists return to play in Kloof". The Witness. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Biyela, Khosi (15 February 2012). "CD of the Week - Music". Independent Online. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 

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