Based in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand the BAY GUITARS compose and record ambient acoustic guitar music. The Bay Guitars came into existence in 2006 to raise funds for a local environmental protection group, the Guardians of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds. Fast ferries were eroding shore and seabed, industrial plans to utilise Picton and the prestigious waterways as a coal port and excessive marine farming were only some of the threats to this paradise in the South Pacific.
A collection of gentle acoustic guitar compositions were recorded at Sid Limbert's Snout Studio in Waikawa Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound and released under the name "STRINGS ATTACHED" by BAY GUITARS. Although never widely commercially distributed, Strings Attached found much recognition and further recordings by the Bay Guitars were encouraged.
In 2008 the CD FREE DREAMING was released and is still selling well on I-tunes, Amazon and Amplifier NZ. The title track Free Dreaming was made available for free on the Bay Guitar's website and has found it's way around the world. With Free Dreaming, the Bay Guitars established their own style of ambient acoustic guitar compositions.
MOONTIDE was released - digitally only - in 2009, transporting the listener to a tropical beach on a full moon's night. The ambient guitars with the sound of waves lapping at the shoreline and distant congas hit a nerve with the audience.
In 2010 MIRAGE, also a digital only release, followed suit with a similar ambient theme.
By this time a own recording facility became necessary and an acoustically elaborate studio was planned and built entirely from locally sourced and milled Macrocarpa timber 2010 - 2012. It took about four times as long to finish as originally planned ( or wishfully estimated ), but the result is a wonderful space with great acoustics. A big THANK YOU to you my friend Geoff ( Mr. Jefferson ) Moore of Linkwater, for your wonderful workmanship and patience creating this magic space ! The first track recorded in the new "shed" is SIESTA. Released December 2012, in the height of a record breaking warm and dry New Zealand summer, Siesta combines the beat of the heat with the laziness of a Mexican Siesta. Released digitally as free download on Reverbnation.com, Siesta climbed quickly to the top of the Reverbnation Charts for New Zealand, Nr 1 in the Pop Charts and Nr 5 in all genres, where it still hovers today as summer and siestas move around the globe......... ....it has been downloaded almost 5000 times. 23. August 2013 ' FOR CLAUDIA ' is released