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Rupert Wates Trio plays at Cozy Cabin Concerts,
Green Brook, NJ, December 27, 2015
(Trifon Dimitrov on Bass, Chris Howard on Percussion)
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Rupert Wates Quartet at Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue, NY, November 5, 2015 (Photo: Toby Tobias – Click for large image)

Rupert Wates at Christopher Street Coffeehouse New York City November 21 2013
Rupert Wates at Christopher Street Coffeehouse, New York City, November 21, 2013 (Photo: Andrea Watts Photography – Click for large image)

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Days Of Mercy: a new recording   

April 14 2018.  Over the years, many people have asked me at live gigs and elsewhere, where they can buy a recording of my 2010 song 'Days Of Mercy'.  Though the song has appeared on previous Cds, for different reasons I've never been happy with the recordings.  So to rectify this, and to answer the demand of listeners, yesterday at Kevin Kelly's Workshop East Studios in Huntington, NY, I made a new live recording of the song, with Trifon Dimitrov on bass and Chris Howard on percussion.  It's available here for download.  The performance was also videoed by Greg Blank and the video will appear on my VIDEO page in the next week or so.  Best to all, Rupert 

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2018 Touring itinerary: 110 dates already booked 

January 31, New York City  I'm glad to be starting off the year with well over 100 gigs in my touring calendar.  Still many holes to be plugged, and no doubt some gigs may fall by the wayside, but the brunt of the booking for the year is largely done.  Looking forward to seeing many old friends on the road this year, and making new ones.  Best to all for 2018, Rupert 

The Lights Of Paris CD: Recorded and mixed 

October 18, New York City.  My new CD, 'The Lights Of Paris', is now recorded and mixed and awaits only mastering at Rogue Planet Mastering in New Paltz.  Tracking and mixing was completed in three four hour sessions, at Kevin Kelly's new studio, Workshoppe East in Huntington, NY.  John Guari contributed some outstanding string arrangements, which lift the CD to a whole new level.  Violinist Adrianna Mateo and cellist Brian Sanders performed them absolutely flawlessly and the whole thing was recorded with real mastery by Kevin.  On Wednesday October 11, Adrianna, Brian and I gave the album a pre-launch live video performance in front of an invited audience, at Alex Sterling's studio Precision Sounds on New York's Upper West Side.  I hope to receive the first run of 500 CDs from the manufacturers, Superlink in Toronto, in a couple of weeks.  I'm excited about this one.  Best for fall, Rupert 

The Lights Of Paris CD: a preview   

August 29 2017 To round off summer, I had another good day at Zak Sloan's Studio, Sloan Song Studios in Castle Rock, CO, with Zak and my good friend Vivian Gail (Kellie Amend) (  We recorded a version of my song 'The Lights Of Paris' featuring a superb vocal by Vivian.  A version featuring my own vocal and a string arrangement by John Guari will be the title track of my new CD, to be recorded this October in New York City.  Meanwhile here is Vivian's interpretation of the song.  Best to all for fall, Rupert 

Long Winter Is Coming On   

August 15 2017: We had a good afternoon at Sloan Song Studios, Zak Sloan's new studio in Castle Rock, CO. We recorded some demos and a version of my song 'Long Winter Is Coming On' featuring a brilliant guest vocal by Vivian Gail (, with myself on guitar and Charlie Milo on electric bass.  The song takes a sober look at contemporary America.  A version featuring my own vocal will be included on my upcoming CD, 'The Lights Of Paris', to be recorded this fall in New York City.  Please enjoy the attached MP3.  Best to all, Rupert 

Oh The Times  

On May 9 2017 I had a good day recording at Kevin Kelly's brand new Workshoppe East Studios in Huntington, NY.  We recorded more demos for my upcoming CD 'The Lights Of Paris', and Kirsten Maxwell ( again sang guest vocals, this time on a version of my new song 'Oh The Times'.  MP3 attached.  Best to all for spring, Rupert 

April 13 2017: The Great Ship with strings   

We had a very good afternoon at Alex Sterling's Precision Sounds Studios ( in New York City yesterday, recording a beautiful string arrangement by John Guari ( for my song 'The Day The Great Ship Went Down', sung on this version by Kirsten Maxwell (  Performers on the session were Adrianna Mateo on violin and Brian Sanders on cello.  Attached is an MP3 from the session.  Today is the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic so the date was apposite.  Best for spring, Rupert 
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Material for new CD progressing   

March 2017 I now have 9 or 10 tracks complete towards a new CD, which I aim to record either fall 2017 or early 2018.  Demos were recorded on March 20 at Alex Sterling's Precision Sound Studios on the Upper West Side of New York City.  The title of the album is to be 'The Lights Of Paris'.  Paris for me has always symbolized the need we all have for beauty and art in our lives, and its lights are therefore to me a symbol of hope in a dark world.  Attached is a demo MP3 of a new song, 'The Day The Great Ship Went Down'.  The song was written during the week of the Presidential inauguration here in America.  Perhaps this says enough.  Best to all for spring, Rupert   
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