Cardigan Buzz began back in 2006. Alex (keyboard/accordion) and Pete (hung, cajon) are old friends who played in a school swing band together over 20 years ago, and have been playing music together ever since. Andrew (guitar) joined them later that year, bringing in the element of classical guitar.
Callan (bass) joined in 2007 and Cardigan Buzz started performing gigs, at first occupying a regular Sunday slot at Roots in Obs, and Saturday slot at Bertha’s in Simon’s Town. Soon realizing their brand of music was marketable to young and old alike, they started performing at corporate events and functions.
Bruce (saxophone) joined the band soon after and they did a road trip up to Knysna for the Gastronomic Festival and a Raw Food event.
Most well known is their flagship reworking of Tom Waits’ Chocolate Jesus, and Meaning of You, an original which got radio play on Bush Radio, and Fine Music Radio.
They are currently working on new material and plan to release an album including all 5 members of the band this year. Cardigan Buzz’s style is swing, folk, jazz and blues with room left open for improvisation.