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.
Graham and Horst-Peter met when Graham entered a competition that the Different
Faces were organising - the chance to win a free copy of their CD 'The More
Things Change'. Graham was one of the lucky winners and was blown away by the
quality of the songs and the musicianship of the band. Graham wanted to record
a version of one of the tracks - 'Back To The Roots' - for his own up and
coming CD and wrote to Horst-Peter to ask for permission. Horst-Peter not only
gave permission to use the song, but loved the version that Graham did so much
that he suggested it would be good to team up sometime and work together.
Graham jumped at the chance and Starbyrd was born.
2004 A NEW STARBYRD JOINS THE BAND
As the band started recording their first CD (On The Other Side Of Mad) they
asked a good friend to help out on some harmonies on a couple of tracks. That
help expanded to include some guitar work as well as a stint on lead vocals on
a couple of songs as well as doing all the artwork for the CD. As the CD was
about to be released, it was decided to ask him to join the band as a full
member. That good friend is Ritchie Dunlop who is also a member of the
Different Faces with Horst-Peter.
2009-07-13 Horst-Peter invited backstage to celebrate Roger McGuinn's birthday after an outstanding show at the "Alte Pfandhaus" in Cologne. Thanks Camilla & Roger !
2009-GAT's new solo CD "Eclecticity" released
2010- HPS's new solo CD "Phoenix" realeased
2011-01 Starbyrd CD "Return of a Starbyrd" released
2012-06 HPS's new album "Jingle Jangle Poetry" released
2013-09 Starbyrd's new double album "Always beyond Today" released (extract from liner notes: German folk-rock musician and
singer/songwriter Horst-Peter Schmidt has penned and released 25 terrific new
songs for the new Starbyrd double CD entitled Always Beyond Today. Starbyrd's comfort zone includes:
introspective, political and light-hearted song themes; acoustic and electric
treatments – many featuring his signature Rickenbacker 370RM 12-string sound;
and ballads as well as mid-tempo tunes.
Starbyrd still embraces the
innocence, idealism and optimism of the 60s in many of their tunes. It is easy to compare Starbyrd music to
influential folk-rock predecessors like the Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Crosby,
Stills & Nash and the Eagles … but these artists provide just a reference
point. Starbyrd are
continuing to blaze a creative 21st century path by stretching those
60s and 70s boundaries with a contemporary
perspective. I think you will agree that listening to Always
Beyond Today is much like encountering a dear friend, and it is a
welcome audio addition to your modern-day life.-- Eric Sorensen,
“Jangle On!” Columnist
2014-02 Starbyrd's new live double album released (extract from liner notes: (...)This album is (...) a rare occasion to see Schmidt and his band mates perform live is undoubtedly
the next best thing to seeing Roger McGuinn perform live. (...) If you miss the innocence – and the chiming
guitars - associated with much of the folk/rock music of the 60s, this double
CD will transport you back to that magical era.
Now, thanks to Starbyrd, this timeless genre of music can be enjoyed
over and over again. -- Eric Sorensen,
“Jangle On!” Columnist
2014-09-18 HP meets Roger McGuinn backstage at Roger's concert in the Kulturkirche
2014-12 Starbyrd's new album "Making A Difference" released (extract from liner notes: "The latest Starbyrd album - Making A Difference - is the newest
jewel in Starbyrd's impressive
repertoire. Horst-Peter demonstrates
again that he is adept at addressing a variety of song themes, and he draws
skillfully from folk-rock predecessors like the Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Crosby,
Stills & Nash, the Eagles, Tom Petty and REM. Horst-Peter Schmidt and Starbyrd have once
again bridged the past five decades in a fresh, appealing and jangly manner. -- Eric Sorensen, “Jangle On!” Columnist
2015-07 Starbyrd's new album "In The Jingle Jangle Evening: 50 Years after the Tambourine Man-a Tribute to the Music of the Byrds" released.
Extract from the liner notes:
"In each of the decades since the 1960s, succeeding
generations of musicians have emulated the sound of the Byrds. Together with a community of friends that I
refer to as my “Byrds brothers,” I have spent numerous hours seeking out and
collecting Byrdsian music. Although I am
disappointed that the surviving members of the Byrds will not reunite on this
50th anniversary occasion, it is refreshing to know that
contemporary artists – like Horst-Peter Schmidt and Starbyrd – are keeping
Byrdsian music vibrant as this jangly music genre enters its second half
century of life". (Eric Sorensen-"Jangle On" columnist)
2015-09 GAT (Graham Allman-Talbot) has released a new CD called "Six"
2016-11 "STARDUST" released extract from the liner notes written by JANGLE ON columnist Eric Sorensen: Stardust
is the title of the
latest offering of original tunes from the ever prolific German
singer/songwriter Horst-Peter Schmidt. Stardust continues to carry the
folk-rock torch from its 60s origins to the present (…).
The majority of
the songs on Stardust are mid-tempo tunes that feature Schmidt’s chiming Rickenbacker
370RM – with the snap, crackle and pop that only this guitar’s internal
compressor can generate. Starbyrd music continues
to be linked to influential folk-rock predecessors like the Byrds and Roger
McGuinn, as well as other 60s artists.
to the USA released Extract
from the liner notes written by JANGLE ON columnist Eric Sorensen: Back In The USA is Schmidt’s
musical homage to his first visit to the U.S. Northeast coast. Although Starbyrd is strongly influenced by
the music of the Byrds and other 60s folk-rock artists, Schmidt weaves elements
of other music genres into his songs (….).Baby Boomers and younger fans of
folk/rock should be grateful that we have a myriad of Starbyrd discs to hum
along with. Back In The USA is just
the latest installment from a gifted singer/songwriter/musician who finds
inspiration in both the ordinary and the extraordinary. The “Crown Prince of Twelve-String” makes his
journey our journey, and it becomes a richer experience by being shared.