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Keira witherkay aug 2009

Keira Witherkay is a South African “Solo Acoustic Fingerstyle Instrumental World/Jazz Guitarist”

she has developed a unique style that allows her to play bass lines , chords and melody's all on one instrument...this polyphonic approach to playing the acoustic guitar allows her to create a full sound with as many as 3 parts simultaneously from only one instrument melodically then she adds in percussion using the body of the guitar as a drum.

Although predominantly a Solo Artist she sometimes also performs with a vocalist or ensemble especially in the Jazz genre

Keira uses a nylon string guitar to give a natural warmth not gotten from steel string instruments,

she has spent the last months composing a new” instrumental solo guitar album” and is hoping to tour her new show worldwide in 2009 /10... she has previously toured extensively in South Africa and internationally

She also composes film soundtracks her composition "long street" was used in a movie featured at the 2006 “Berlin film festival” , and recently 2007 she has composed and recorded soundtracks for a short art film and a documentary both of which are in Australia (jan 2008) and some of

Keira's music was used in a film by award winning film maker kali v/d merwe "Whole" at a South African film festival in June 2008 with nation wide showings and major launch’s in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.


Playing instrumental music is awesome since I can perform anywhere in the world and my music has the same impact… I’m not reliant on people understanding the language in which the lyrics are written…


I love to travel and live by the old musicians credo....


Keira's performances and travels have taken her half way around the world (South Africa/ United Kingdom/ France/ The netherlands/Germany/ Switzerland/ Italy/ kingdom of Bahrain/ Arab Emirates/ Thailand/ Singapore ) and she am so excited and looking forward to exploring the other half,with possible tours to Thailand/ Spain/ Mexico in the pipeline for 2009.
And she is dying to perform in New York at the 1st possible opportunity.

It's the independence about being a solo acoustic guitarist thats so wonderful ..... I can perform anywhere worldwide, anytime with minimal set up ,

I literally arrive at a venue and can perform 10 min later, it's as easy as plug in my amplifier tune up and play...since everything I need for intimate venues I can carry with me on the airplane,

Obviously bigger venues need more sound.... but this independence is a huge asset over say a pianist who has to rely on the venue to provide a piano , then each piano has a different sound or feel....

Also I can perform in venues that want live music but don't have the physical space for a pianist or the budget to buy and upkeep a high quality piano.


(a quote from Gabriela one of her favorite acoustic musicians from Mexico)


In a technological age I love being able to take a piece of wood with strings attatched to it and make beautiful music especially on an instrument whose design has changed little since the 1600's and not have to rely on computer backtrax or special effects to produce a full sound.

Everyone of us have hopes and dreams and I am fortunate enough to live my dreams,

What do I want out of life?

"I just want to travel the world and make music thats melodic and grooving, essentially finding love in music, art, and people."

Keira is currently october 2008 in johannesburg South Africa and has been performing in and around the city.

Recent shows include

Solo original Performances on the same bill as popular commercial acts like Josie Field Laurie Levine, Absinthe at the Rock Bar in Melville

And long term residencies at Monte Casino & currently Carnval City performing her Jazz/adult comtempory/world music repetoire.

And a residency at “The Gypsy Lounge “ in Sandton performing Flamenco guitar as a solo artist.

She hosts an “Acoustic & Original” show at Jonathans every Wednesday and gets to perform her Original material with most of Johannesburgs better acoustic musicians.

And also performances at Indulgence Café in Northcliff, Tanz Café, Thyme out .. Foundry Fly Lounge . Cesco’s , Back 2 Basix. And various private functions.

Below is the repetoire list of Keira Witherkay
As a “solo instrumental acoustic guitarist”

Original compositions by Keira Witherkay

Performed on solo acoustic instrumental guitar
All these compositions were inspired by her travels
around the world And have strong world influences.

1. Dreams of Madrid …..a distinct Flamenco/latin feel

2. Waiting for a bus …… an African inspired sound

3.One Lunch time in Africa …an African inspired sound

4. Two Days on a train…. A mix of African and Indian

5. Havana …… Cuban feel with extended solo’s

6.Streets of New Orleans … a Ragtime tune

7. Blue on a Tuesday…… Blues with laidback feel

8. Morocco ………….. Moroccan/arabic song

9. Laura’s song ……. Classical inspired love ballad

10. Calcutta ………. Indian inspired sitar type song

11. Mambo mambo … an uptempo Mambo/jazz influenced composition

12. Slap happy …… an interlude around a slap bass line

13. Celtic Grooves …. A traditional Irish sounding composition in two movements

14. Heather in spring.... A beautiful classical inspired piece, a love song.

15. La Vida con Gabriella ….a grooving Cuban inspired composition

16. my goodbye to Emily Remler inspired/tribute composition dedicated to the tragically deceased woman jazz musician Emily Remler from New York

The repetoire below is a list of Keira’a jazz/adult contempory music, which

she performs in her unique style.

And is well suited to Upmarket restaurants /hotels/cocktail parties/ events/ functions…. In fact anywhere where beautiful sophisticated and skillfully performed music is required…

Jazz Standards

Performed by Keira in her “solo acoustic instrumental guitar” style

1. (that’s why the ) Lady is a tramp
2. Blue moon
3. Take 5
4.Lion sleeps tonight
5. Mannenberg
6.Fly me to the moon
7. Summertime
8. Autumn Leaves
9. it’s only a Paper moon
10. Agua de beber
11. The Girl from Ipanema
12. All of me
13.Sugar in my bowl
14.How it feels to be free
15. on the Sunny side of the street
16.So what
17. African Medley
18. unforgettable
19. Georgia on my mind
20. Misty
21.what a wonderful world
22. my Favourite things
23.These foolish things,
24. Stormy weather
25. Some where over the rainbow
26. Dream a little dream of me
27. Mr bojangles
28. As time goes by

Evergreen Popular songs

Performed by Keira in her “solo acoustic instrumental guitar” style

1.Tears in Heavan (Eric Clapton)
2. The rose (Bette Midler)
3. Yesterday (The Beatles)
4. Redemption song (Bob Marley)
5. Sitting on the Dock of the bay (Otis Redding)
6. Wonderful tonight (Eric Clapton)
7. Killing me softly (Roberto Flack)
8. And I love her. (The Beatles)
9 Sorry (Tracy Chapman)
10. Imagine (John Lennon)
11. Alices restaurant. (Arlo Guthrie)
12 Don’t know why (Nora Jones)
13. Just the way you are (Billy Joel)
14.Stand by me (Ben E King)
15.Love is all around (wet wet wet)
16.Norwegian wood (The Beatles)
17.I say a little prayer for you (Aretha Franklin) girl

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Helder Rock
{ 04-02-2012 05:47 }
Super showcase - wishing you all the success for the future - big 5 from me.
{ 03-18-2012 19:29 }
stopped by to vote and appreciate
{ 06-08-2011 10:08 }
I will like to have you as my good friend whom i will like to share my life experience with Yours Sincerely,reply me here ( )
George Pateras
{ 12-03-2009 03:42 }
Kiera, I enjoyed listening to your guitar videos. You sound amazing. George.
Guitar Travels - A Musical Journey
{ 10-09-2009 22:07 }
Greetings from the Charlotte North Carolina! Love your sound. Wish you lived closer - we could do a duet!! Seriously, great stuff and wishing you the best. I love my classical guitar but mostly gig with a jazz box these days. best to you!!
{ 09-24-2009 19:32 }
great guitar work
{ 09-07-2009 19:18 }
Huhu says:
{ 08-26-2009 19:18 }
We would love to enjoy the same thing in life. We aim to make real music, which we have achieved. Welcome to showcase. We hope that you reach your goals.
Patrick F. Instrumentals
{ 08-23-2009 15:07 }
i love your guitar playing... great sounds... wow! my 5 for you..
Maurice DAoust
{ 08-22-2009 14:34 }
You play your guitar so tenderly that to watch you perform is almost a sensual experience. Wonderful! Five from me.
KB(Kould BE)
{ 08-14-2009 14:37 }
Nice sounds my vote5.hope to hear from you.Enright Mob!!
DebbieZ says:
{ 08-07-2009 12:52 }
Wow! You were great! very talented. Let me know what you think of my songs. i would love to hear from you. Fellow showcase artist, DebbieZ
Realm of Soularis
{ 07-18-2009 19:32 }
what a great blend of genre's so form a super genre!! your genre of incredible freshness and originality!! loved it!! cya around~
Gus and his freaky friends
{ 07-18-2009 19:03 }
Next year the world cup of fotball coming to your country and i will be there. When im there i hope you are playing som gigs and i can se you playing live. Best regard Gus and his freaky friends
The View From Here
{ 07-03-2009 09:30 }
wow really awesome guitar skills you got there and your videos are super entertaining to watch... 5 from me for sure.
Flock of Nerds
{ 07-02-2009 00:28 }
you play the guitar with such grace and awe! we're still recovering from your stellar performance!! we're totally pushed back by your talent. SYM's is lucky to have you here! visit us sometime =)
Pytaro says:
{ 05-15-2009 10:11 }
Great beat and inspiration, 5 from me, cheers from Montreal, come and visit.
{ 05-11-2009 16:17 }
gave u a five darling,,love the way u doit.when u have time check me out and five me.have a wonderful day
Barry Morgan
{ 05-07-2009 14:40 }
This is definitely a 5 star artist. Really impressive guitar skills. All the best. Bear and MC
Na says:
{ 05-03-2009 19:05 }
we here at L&R Ent. give you our 5 vote and we enjoyed your music. Keep up the great work. Regards L&R Ent. Team.
Ditmares says:
{ 04-26-2009 20:02 }
Heather in Spring, Great sound, great arrangement, great flow. Love your simple set. I would like to hear your version of Mr Bo jangles. I've always liked that song. I would be blessed for your comment on my Showcase, Cheers.
{ 04-16-2009 05:45 }
good good work i love it 5 from me be blessed and come see me too shaz
Mark Wylie
{ 04-12-2009 16:05 }
wow. very skilled player. refreshing and original approach. certain 5.
Realms says:
{ 03-26-2009 21:59 }
Beautiful...i feel the song arrangement is lovely,it sounds good and u have the ability to make the listener experience your emotions....and thats the way music should be....all the best do well....oh yes....5 for u:)
Micantee says:
{ 03-01-2009 03:45 }
I dont think i luv music as much as u do, yours is deep, good work, rated 5 on da click
Frica James
{ 01-14-2009 12:56 }
It's great to see you having so much fun doing what you love. You got a 5 from me. Keep it up.
Sweet Serenity- Dawn Van Name
{ 01-04-2009 09:38 }
Awsome diverse style! 5v Enjoy multi-style arrangements from artists. Best wishes to you!
Darlene Miller
{ 12-18-2008 04:42 }
You are so dynamic to watch perform and the sound.......phenominal......a 100 Darlene
Acoustic Atrocities
{ 12-11-2008 03:25 }
Absolutely talented
Robert Stefan
{ 10-18-2008 03:26 }
You sure love what you do!Great passion and skillfull playing.I love the add on mike for the percs and the Chet sounds great,top marks for you a true artist.All the best to you my friend.
Dennis Flowers
{ 10-12-2008 12:12 }
AWESOME!!!! I enjoy seeing an artist who plays with so much passion. I got into your groove and my hands are still clapping and my feeting are still patting. 5+5+5+ from me. Holla!!!!
Janacek says:
{ 10-05-2008 12:29 }
WOW what a performance!!! I will give anything to find someone like you to put down on tape some solos - 5 for you because there is no more
Shivadim says:
{ 09-09-2008 11:26 }
Hi Keira! I'm pleased to hear your music very much! Excellent perfomance! You are very artistic and enjoying yourself while playing guitar! It's great! Big 5 from me! May be you'll visit Russia with concerts? Best regards from Saint Petersburg, Russia!
Darlene Miller
{ 08-18-2008 02:19 }
I absolutely love your style. I so enjoyed seeing you perform. It was a great performance and I want to see and hear more. Thank you for sharing your talent. Darlene
Stephen Michael Minnick (Vietnam War Hero)
Well, I never saw anyone perform so magically! Beautiful, just Beautiful Work and you are enjoying yourself so much too. I give you a 5 for My Syms Little Stars Showcase and if you come to my other showcase I will give you one more 5 Vote.
Kelley Krueger
{ 07-26-2008 01:55 }
WOW !!! That technique "U" master iz just "OFF DA' HOOK" !!! Very "Interesting" with the percussive method !!! Rhythm extroardinaire !!! I waz "Very Impressed" !!! Kelley K
Allen Baltzer
{ 07-24-2008 18:53 }
truly a special talent you have, the percussive nature of your style along with great note placement, and soul, are spot on! hope to catch the trio live someday!! I am a new fan for sure!!!
Ron Ouellette
{ 07-09-2008 21:30 }
hope someday soon you can come and play in Canada, I think your a brilliant artist.
Matt(The Scientist)Williams
{ 06-17-2008 07:06 }
Great talent,the best original talent i have seen i are on your way.
Kristen Young
{ 06-10-2008 15:55 }
WOW GIRL. Power to you! I had to call in my room mate so he and I could be amazed at your talents//...If your coming to Ottawa Canada - let me know..I will be there!!
Trilogy8 says:
{ 06-09-2008 13:56 }
im sorry but you so f!·$% amazing im impressed keep yourself in the way of music. Love Raymond Jaquez
Dave McIsaac
{ 06-07-2008 12:24 }
So many of us imagine we are talented, then we find somebody who truely is. It's a humbling experience. Simply amazing!
olly joseph
{ 05-07-2008 15:22 }
brilliant playing,you are soooo good.I loved the jazzy style,i can imagine a bass player when i close my eyes.A well deserved 5 from me,olly
......BLACK VELVET.......
{ 04-30-2008 14:40 }
Franchi$e Music
{ 04-18-2008 16:43 }
Never knew South Africa could sound so good. Admiration and inspiration comes from watching her play. Excellent 5's all around!!!!
Air Echo Music
{ 04-10-2008 10:11 }
All I found here is a Guitar Master! Absolutely High Technique! U'vebeen usingEvery inch of the guitar neck! Fingering Fingerpicking even percussion are TopSkill!GoodListening! Bravo4U! Pls.send inMore 4 us 3 enjoy! uV=6,+myV5=7votes! Bless Love Peter
Rebekah Janell
{ 04-09-2008 23:55 }
Incredible talent! You sound great on that guitar!
Hot Chicken
{ 04-09-2008 08:08 }
Very nice guitar playing. Love it. Look at our LIVE R&B and blues. 54u
{ 04-09-2008 07:38 }
ahhhhhhh wow you are so good,just wanted to give you a big 5555555555555555555555555555555 as i love what you do,can see a lot of talent well done love electrahotangel xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
{ 04-08-2008 03:20 }
Fantastic Keira! Here's the maximum rate or a big 55555 as support! Keep it up and thanks for checking me out too :) Rob, Belgium xxx
STEVEN J (ChicaGo)
{ 04-07-2008 19:24 }
comin through to show MAD R E S P E C T, your musik holds no boundaries, got my full out S U P P O R T, 5, h i tbak
{ 04-05-2008 00:17 }
i like it very good keep up the good works from touch tone jones. i give you a 5555 return the love and be bless.
The Council
{ 04-03-2008 14:46 }
what an amaxing display of talent on the guitar , you have got great feel and depth , , i am giving you the full five stars and can say i wish i could give more.stay in touch/peace/chazz