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PRE-STARBYRD
The original idea was to form a band consisting of Robert Wiersma (Holland), Horst-Peter Schmidt (Germany) and Graham Allman-Talbot(England). This band should be called WSG. As Robert decided not to take part in this project, Graham and Horst-Peter started the project without Robert. They called their new band "STARBYRD".

Two musicians and composers - each successful in their own right, working together to produce a unique style of music that will make you listen again and again.
Horst-Peter Schmidt and Gat have had success as solo artists or with other bands, or both!

So this is Starbyrd - individuals working together as equals, bringing all their influences into one pot and producing music that will stand the test of time.

Horst-Peter enjoys massive success with The Different Faces, the Köln based band. Their albums 'The More Things Change' & “Signature” have been described as 'more Rickenbacker than McGuinn with a voice to match' and Chris Hillman of The Byrds is one of many fans. Horst-Peter (also described by one reviewer as 'The Crown Prince of the Rickenbacker 12 String') has also released various solo albums.

Gat (first name Graham) has been a solo artist for many years producing music that has been described as 'Roger McGuinn meets George Harrison'. Gat's influences obviously include The Byrds and The Beatles as well as many of the West Coast bands, some well known, some not so well known.

2003
STARBYRD founded:

2003-05-13
Horst-Peter meets Chris Hillman in Utrecht/Holland

2004
Ritchie Dunlop, who is also a member of the Different Faces with Horst-Peter, join the band

2004-06-11 
Starbyrd are invited backstage by Camilla & Roger McGuinn backstage in Turnhout/Belgium

2004-08-21
On The Other Side of Mad released   

2005-01 
Graham Allman-Talbot leaves the band.  

2006                                                                                                                Graham temporarily rejoins the band for the Byrds Tribute Project.
Starbyrd records "Lover of the Bayou".


2007
Graham and Horst-Peter release their respective solo CDs "Then to Now" & "Jingle Jangle Journey"

2009-07-13
Horst-Peter invited backstage to celebrate Roger McGuinn's birthday after Roger's outstanding show at the "Alte Pfandhaus" in Cologne.

2009
Graham's new solo CD "Eclecticity" released
2010
Horst-Peter's new solo CD "Phoenix" realeased
2011-01
"Return of a Starbyrd" released
2012-06
Horst-Peter's new album "Jingle Jangle Poetry" released
2013-09
"Always beyond Today"
released
2014-02
Starbyrd Live
2014-09-18
Horst-Peter meets Roger McGuinn backstage at Roger's concert in the Kulturkirche in Cologne

2014-12"Making a Difference" released

2015-07
"In The Jingle Jangle Evening: 50 Years after the Tambourine Man-a Tribute to the Music of the Byrds" released.


2015-09
Graham's new CD called "Six" released

2016-11
"Stardust" released

2018-06
"Back to the USA" released

2019-02
"Listen To The Wind -A Tribute to Tom Petty"-released.

2019-12
 "Forward to the Past" released

2020-10
"Whirlwind of Time"
released   

2021-04
 "At The Crossroads"
released