Half Moon presents:

Nibs van der Spuy + Rodney Branigan

Nibs van der Spuy + Rodney Branigan

Half Moon - Putney, London

£12 adv / £14 door
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm

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, Kelly Joe Phelps, Rodney Branigan, Piers Faccini, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin and Shawn Phillips and recording the critically acclaimed, ‘In the shade of the wild fig’, with long-time friend and collaborator, Guy Buttery.

In September 2016 Nibs released his new solo album,’ NATALIA', produced by world renowned producer Mark Tucker (Portishead, PJ Harvey, Jethro Tull).

New album link

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 & 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 & the special sauce, Talvin Singh, Angelique Kidja, Bo Didley, Show of Hands....

Rodney Branigan's latest song on Bob Harris - quote 'Stunning music'

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An acoustic guitarist, singer songwriter phenomomen from South Africa. His virtuosic acoustic guitar style and a mesmeric whispering voice have attracted a widespread following for its intelligent folk, world and African overtones. His 2008 offering, ‘A Bird In The Hand’ received accolades and 5 stars from across the globe.

"Nibs has set out to produce the most sensitive and breathy songs on the continent with instrumental pieces showing off his classy, gently sturdy guitar work." - Guardian, UK Dec 08

"This excellent career overview shows a voice full of wonder and humility of the songs it sings". Rolling Stone **** (August 2013)

"This South African singer intended first to become a stringed instrument maker, and when we listen to his songs, it's a bit as we watched him in his workshop shaping by hand a beautiful wood instrument." France Inter, Cyril Sauvageot, 23 Jan