Our music falls into a number of genre’s or should I say songs from our repetiour do. I guess we do like to swing a lot. We play standards in a swing rythym and adapt other songs we like into a swing rythym. Many of our original tunes would be called folky, bluesy but there is a certain world music edge to many of them as well. Thanks to Pete we get to boast the use of the swiss hung and the cajon.
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.
Alex has always had an affinity for playing music, and has been able to bash a tune out of most musical instruments he finds. The piano in particular, has always been his favourite, and really enjoyed playing the trombone in his school years. He attended the Jazz Workshop in Cape Town in his student days, and he played the piano at weddings and cocktail parties as a solo artist, in order to subsidise his studies. Currently he works at a Financial Institute as a web programmer, and loves the ability to take time to jam with Cardigan Buzz…
Andrew has spent the last thirteen and a half years dabbling in many styles of guitar playing. He has always tended back to fingerstyle classical guitar. He has trained through the Royal School of Music under the tuition of James Kibby, Neefa van der Skyfe and Derrik Gripper. He has and still does many solo guitar performances generally in the classical/flamenco vein. His classical subtlety and touch complement the smooth mellow sounds of Cardigan Buzz perfectly.
Started playing saxaphone age 15. Was taught by a cool teacher, Bob Mowday. Finished matric music then didn’t play for a while. 1998/9 began jamming with a friend, Toby Newsome, and eventually started a band called “Sixty Fingers”. Played a few gigs then went off to London to try some solo stuff. When I got back to S.A I lost touch with local music scene for a few years. Then one night sitting in Mojo’s bar in Observatory I heard “Cardigan Buzz” playing a song we wrote in “Sixty Fingers” called “Logic”. I knew Andrew the guitar player and asked if I could jam some time, the rest is history….well besides taking another year off and finally back to my roots. It’s good to play good music in a good band.