Wayne Gillespie
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Wayne Gillespie


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Wayne Gillespie- Summary of Press Reviews

Wayward Son:

“Gillespie’s music haunts and hurts in the same manner as the late Nick Drake” Tom Mag, Wellington, 1984.

“A Very Good Album” Russell Brown, Rip It Up, 1984

“Extra Special” Colin Hogg, Auckland Star, 1984.

New Locations:

“His songs shine with a dark brilliance” –Colin Hogg, Auckland Star, 1987.

“It’s the lyrics that provide the depth…and Gillespie’s attractive vocals..similar to that other doyen of artistic integrity Steve Kilbey of the Church”. Juke, Melbourne, 1987.

“Wayne Gillespie ....is undoubtably one of the most gifted singer/songwriters to emerge from that country” Ram Magazine, Sydney,1988.

Living in Exile

“Gillespie’s dark songs still hit home” Rip it Up, Auckland. 1993.

“(Gillespie’s) songs are little crafted miniatures … rich and warm” Winston Watusi –Bay of Plenty Times. NZ, 1993.

“Living in Exile was always going to sound great…it’s real strengths though lie in the songs and the warm huskiness of Gillespie’s voice” - Drum Media, Sydney, 1995.

“Gillespie’s latest recording offers more evidence of his songwriting prowess” Brian Wise, Rhythms Mag, Australia, 1995.

Push the Boat Out – the Narcs

“The album is a mature gem” Taranaki Daily Times (1997)

‘ - Summary of album reviews 80-90's

Wayne Gillespie & Nigel Gavin: Live at the Bunker
By Tim Page
Now this is a treat for the folk music devotee. Released last year, it was recorded live at ‘The Bunker’ in Auckland’s Devonport in 2003, with engineering by Steve Garden. The nuances of a live folk performance are faithfully captured while managing a clarity of
recording that makes for a comfortable listen. Gillespie and Gavin both boast a fairly comprehensive CV in the New Zealand folk scene, and although Gillespie now resides in Sydney, he makes frequent trips home to perform. Other contributors to this effort are Caitlin Smith on vocals and Tony Waine on bass. The track listing is a selection of songs sampled from many years of writing and playing, and range from some rather intense minor-keyed efforts such as Gabriel Street, to the satirical So Trendy. This is true folk quality music, not a sniff of synthesis, expertly played, and with obvious audience rapport. A fine listen.
New Zealand Musician - Feb/March 2006
- NZ Musician 2006

Wayne Gillespie – Live”

“His songs are tales of the everyday, spiced with a dry wit and subtle ironic twists that make many of them gems of insight. The voice brings out the strength of the songwriter” OTS, Sydney, 1990.

“Wayne Gillespie..one of the finest singer/songwriters…with an eye for turning the most ordinary of experiences into something special” NZ Herald, 1993.

“Impressive on the album, his voice, accompanied only by acoustic guitar, is stunning in it’s quality .. several songs stood out as gems .. Ten Francs.. Invercargill.. Five Stages of Mourning…Settle Down ...Living in Exile” Nelson Evening Mail, 1994

“Gillespie performs with an intensity and heart rarely seen” Rip it up, NZ 1995.

“..he kept up a momentum of audible surprises…Love Comes Down which was accentuated by lovely backup tones from Margaret Urlich and slick musical empathy from Passionfish it was an arresting climax to a well orchestrated show” Beat, Sydney 1995.

- Summary


Wayne Gillespie spent 3 weeks at no 1 on the Adult Alternative Mp3.au national charts in July/August 2008.

His songs "Geriatric Blues" and "Invercargill" recently being championed by Australian National radio the ABC.



"His songs shine with a dark brilliance" NZ Herald

"Evidence of a powerful songwriter in action" Rhythms Australia.

Gillespie's voice accompanied only by his acoustic guitar is stunning in it's richness and quality.

Gillespie is a songwriter's songwriter, greatly respected by his musical peers such as Suzanne Vega, the late Chris Whitley, Dave Dobbyn, Shane Howard, Colin Hay, Neil Murray.


Auckland born Wayne Gillespie's first solo album, the acoustic 'Wayward Son' was released on his own label in 1984 and made the finals of the New Zealand Music awards in two categories: - Most Promising Vocalist & Folk Album of the Year. The song 'Away with You' off this album also won a special APRA award in the same year. This album also featured Harmonica player Brendan Power, Chanteuse Denny Stanway and Bob Shepheard on Bass.

His second album 'New Locations' was released by CBS NZ/Aus in 1987 and was produced by ex Fairport Convention member Trevor Lucas. This album saw Wayne in the New Zealand charts and playing live in Australasia with artists such as Suzanne Vega, Dave Dobbyn, Redgum, and Shona Lang. Wayne relocated to Sydney in 1988.

Wayne's third album 'Living in Exile' was released in 1993 (through Sony NZ & Festival Aust) and included Dave Dobbyn, Margaret Urlich, Mal Green (Split Enz) , Amanda Brown (Go-Betweens), Peter Maloney & Nigel Gavin as guests. This album received much critical acclaim on both sides of the Tasman and saw Gillespie touring extensively in Australia and New Zealand both solo acoustic and in band mode.

He has also made many Australian TV appearances in and performed on the final closing night of Ponsonby's legendary 'Gluepot' venue with Dave Dobbyn, Neil Finn, Shona Lang and the Brainchilds.

During this time Wayne also completed a psychology degree at Macquarie university. His thesis 'The Personality of Rock Musicians' was published in the UK Journal of Music Psychology in October 2000.

"Live at the Bunker" (2005) is the 5th album by the gifted Sydney Singer/Songwriter Wayne Gillespie in collaboration with long-time musical associate guitarist Nigel Gavin.

Gillespie is currently producing a 6th album with longtime musical partner Rob Grosser - This project with the working title Famous Blue Raincoat is due for release in 2009.