The distance from Nigel Gavin’s Long Island, New York birthplace to Auckland, New Zealand, where he now lives, may explain the original working title for his album Thrum - Off the Beaten Track. At first a visitor, now a resident, Nigel has long been a featured player in New Zealand’s eclectic music scene, particularly in Auckland, playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, glissentar – indeed, almost anything with strings – with the Nairobi Trio, the Fondue Set, the Jews Brothers, Lorina Harding, Wayne Gillespie, Whirimako Black, Richard Adams, Caitlin Smith, the Blue Bottom Stompers, Below the Bassline, Jonathan Besser’s Bravura and his own Snorkel, to name just a few.
An active and keen mentor to young artists, Nigel is the founder and director of the Gitbox Rebellion ensemble.
Kim’s musical experiences have been strewn across the globe over the past 30 years. Kim’s teachers include Robert Fripp, [Voted best guitarist in the world 3 years running, Guitar Player Mag] , and Nigel Gavin.
A founding member of Gitbox Rebellion, Russell took part in Robert Fripps historic week long full immersion music camp in the late 1980’s. The experience motivated him to study further, travelling to the American base of the Crafty Guitarists network in Charlottesville Virginia. Returning to NZ for Gitbox Rebellion’s nationwide tour, Russell took an active role playing and recording Pesky Digits and the stripped down Gitbox side project, Touch Wood.
Bo was a member of the original Gitbox Rebellion in the late 1980’s. Touring and recording with the band were important early musical influences on the young guitarist, as was attending a Guitar Craft retreat lead by Robert Fripp.
Peter Kirkbride has been playing guitar and singing since childhood. He has played in various lineups, solo, duo, trio, all the way up to big bands and choirs. He has built his own steel string acoustic guitar and currently plays it with Gitbox Rebellion.
Raised in Paris, France, the daughter of a guitarist and granddaughter of a symphony conductor and choir director, Sonia has carried on the family tradition by developing her own passion for music, initially as a singer. At the age of 17, she decided to pick up the guitar to accompany herself and started her first band ‘Smile and Nod’ while studying at university in the UK.
Originally trained in piano, Tomislav started playing Nirvana and AC/DC riffs at the age of 15 that led to starting a alternative-punk-hardcore band called 'Annabel Lee'. This has also lead to a life long fascination with guitars and music.
Sam Loveridge is an Auckland based multi instrumentalist, songwriter and teacher. His musical training began at age six with violin lessons using the Suzuki method. Having developed a great ear for music and performing he gravitated to the guitar as a teenager. Playing in several Auckland based groups, including Gitbox, Mice on Stilts, Callum Gentleman and Tequila Mockingbird as well as a new solo project, Sam keeps busy playing and teaching music.
Rob started playing guitar at 11 years old. He also plays mandolin and bass and is part of the Sargam Fusion group . Rob also performs with various West Auckland groups on a regular basis. Rob eagerly joined Gitbox Rebellion after observing a rehearsal that the group opened to the public.
Joanne is a Gitbox Fan from way back! Having played guitar since she was 10-years old, when she first saw Gitbox in the ‘80’s, she thought that she'd never be good enough to play 'like that'.
Musically, Joanne learned classical, spanish and has spent 5 years with Nigel. She has started writing guitar music one piece being “John’s Shoes”, that Gitbox will be playing.