Discover the music of New Zealand singer/songwriter Bryce Wastney. Inspired by the acoustic music of Cat Stevens, Neil Finn, and Travis, Bryce’s music naturally traverses the folk, country, rock and pop genres – always soulful whatever the genre. It’s the ideal soundtrack for the traveller and free spirit in us all.
Born in the sunny coastal town of Nelson, New Zealand, Bryce is an accomplished guitarist and a well-travelled singer/songwriter who has performed both nationally and internationally.
“The day will come when Australians will claim he’s one of theirs, that’s how good Kiwi songwriter Bryce Wastney is.” Mike Alexander – Sunday Star-Times
“So he’s a smart, thoughtful singer-songwriter with something to say (life’s journey, faith in the face of adversity, love and the joy and doubt that comes with it), has a strong and expressive voice and one who carefully wraps his lyrics in memorable melodies.” Graham Reid – NZ Music Reviewer
Bryce has released 3 full-length albums (A Perfect Day For Travel, Hope Mountain, True North), a 6 track Acoustic EP, (Acoustic Sessions), a favourite covers album using a battery-powered tape recorder (Rough Diamonds), and the Songbook & Six String live concert recording and doco (CD + DVD) with New Zealand music icon Paul Ubana Jones.
"Bryce Wastney's Cat Stevens gig was a trip down memory lane for me, right back to the Old School Yard."
"I grew up listening to Cat Stevens and recently attended Bryce’s performance. He used his magic to take us on an enchanted journey through time. Bryce’s music and folk style storytelling were excellent. It was an unforgettable evening that brought back many fond memories and revealed things I didn’t know…read more →
"Bryce delivers a dynamic and charming presentation of the life and music of Cat Stevens. He is a natural story teller and engaging entertainer."
"Bryce has the audience in the palm of his hand. You can hear a pin drop as he tells the stories, and then next minute the room erupts into a heartwarming singalong. Bryce honours Cat Stevens in a way that helps you see your own path more clearly."
"We had a fabulous night with great food and entertainment what more could you ask for? We will be going to the next Cat Stevens event again."
"A soulful & caring musician. Pleasant uplifting music. Relaxed and friendly, Bryce connected well with audience. Seen and heard at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts on Thu 6 June 2019. Attractive and warming stage setting too - magic!"
"An awesome opening act for Australian Blues Maestro Shaun Kirk at the Mussel Inn, Takaka. A great selection of soulful, uplifting sounds. Loved the new songs!"
Germein Sisters, Bryce Wastney, Luke Inglis at The Toff In Town, Melbourne, April 9 2014 "Launching his album “Hope Mountain”, New Zealander Bryce Wastney continued to explore the themes initiated by Inglis, but his songs were lyrically more complex and more hard-hitting musically. Wastney’s laid back patter and confident stage…read more →