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.
"It’s great to have lunchtime concerts back at Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) now that Covid restrictions are easing, and local singer/songwriter Bryce Wastney was the perfect choice for the first one on Thursday 5 May. Bryce is known for the sincerity of his performances, and he didn’t disappoint.…read more →
"It was a pleasure to attend the Founders Cafe gig it was awesome! I always think how natural he is at talking between songs and bringing some humour too - that's such a great gift amongst the music."
"Thank you very much for providing the entertainment at the Nelson Club Melbourne Cup event this year. Your professionalism and excellent range of music was enjoyed by all and no doubt we will be in touch next time we need some in-house entertainment."
"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."