Posts Tagged ‘Alt. Country’

“Wireless” (Folk Album, 2003)

Monday, December 15th, 2003

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Recorded live to air on Massey University’s Munt FM in 2003 by ‘The Deprogrammers’ (Sam and Smiley Stephens). Featuring Robyn Kenealy’s lovely voice on Lamplight. Everything else played and sung by Dick Whyte and his Golden Guitar. Released on CD by Postmoderncore Records (where you can also listen to it, or download it for free). Also available via the Internet Archive.

“Richard (Dick) Whyte comes from New-Zealand, as does the excellent label Postmoderncore (which is one of the first labels in the world to have adopted a license of free diffusion). He is a songwriter of very first order, who plays songs on a wobbly guitar, and sings with a sincere voice, expression and heart. I spent this sleepless white night listening to the songs off his CDR Wireless recorded live on the radio. Let’s go again for a track which excites my brain and tears the hairs off my beard: ‘When you Decide’ (sounds country-folk à la Ryan Adams).” (Dana Hilliot, Songs to the Sirens, translated from the original French)

“A talented folk and country performer who has been performing his ever increasing song book of originals and favourite songs for some years. His powerful and flexible voice and keen sensibilities on the guitar make him always worth seeing.” (Sam Stephens, Postmodern Records website)

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NEW/OLD RELEASE: “Live at the Space EP” (Dick Whyte and his Golden Guitar, 2002/2012)

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

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Live recording of Dick Whyte and his Golden Guitar at The Space in 2002, which I finally released as an EP in 2011. For your health!

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NEW RELEASE: “Dick Whyte and the Bent Folk BOOTLEG” (April, 2013)

Monday, April 29th, 2013

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Since late last year I have been jamming some old and new songs with Big Rick! drummer extraordinaire Helen O’Rourke. This slowly turned into a more serious project with the addition of Yawn guitar legend Rupert Hunter. We played a few gigs under a variety of names (Dick Whyte and the Red-Headed Step-Child, Dick Whyte and Epic Friends, Dick Whyte and the Easy Travellers) until Noel Meek described us as ‘bent folk’ at the last Crypt Sessions, which seemed to stick.

Since then we’ve played a few more gigs and started recording. There is a bootleg of our last live show up on Bandcamp, a 7″ recorded by the wonderful Finn Johansson (of ex-Wellington country band Johnsonville City Nights) ready to come out (as soon as we find a label or some cash to release it) and two more gigs this month (one on the 11th of May at Evil Genius Records with Toucan Stubbs, and one at The Crypt on the 18th of May, with Seth Frightening, Baba Rosa and Saint Cosmos, curated by Noel Meek). We’re also planning another recording session soon and will be opening for David Rovics at Puppies later this year.

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Dick Whyte, Helen O'Rourke and Gary Cranston

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Inspiration - Samin Son and the Garrett Street Collective

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Dick Whyte and Rupert Hunter at The Crypt Sessions

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Dick Whyte and Helen O'Rourke at Home Economics 3

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Kittentank, Desperanados and The Bent Folk at San Fran Bath House

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Toucan Stubbs and The Bent Folk at Evil Genius

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Weird Folk for Weird Folk at The Crypt

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