NIBS VAN DER SPUY is one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Raised in the fertile province of Kwazulu Natal, Nibs immersed himself in his natural environment to formulate a truly consummate and original sound. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and beyond. After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came after supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.
His third solo release, BEAUTIFUL FEET received highly acclaimed accolades around the world where it was album of the month in four German publications and RADIO FRANCE FIP pick of the week. Nibs continues to spread his musical beauty around the world where he has shared stages with the likes of Ben Harper, Bonnie Rait, Taj Mahal, Gito Baloi and Kelly Joe Phelps.
RODNEY BRANIGAN - "A First Class US Import!" The Texan local who learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville, and put it all together in London. Music connections USA described him as “Impossibly talented” – BBC Cambridge call him a “Living Legend” – and Blues magazine France called him ‘… the revelation of the year or even decade’ 'Outstanding showmanship 'Bob Harris BBC Radio Vocally comparable to Jeff Buckley and Simon and Garfunkel - Music Maker.
Previous openings/tours have been for The Alabama 3, Jack Johnson, Billy Bragg, Jethro Tull, Billy Sheehan, Bad Finger, Francis Cabrel, G-Love and the special sauce, Talvin Singh, Angelique Kidja, Bo Didley, Show of Hands....
Rodney Branigan's latest song on Bob Harris - quote 'Stunning music'