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 Grahamtemporarily 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-Peterinvited 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.