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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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The Nightwatchers record a new album 03 17 15  

On St Patrick's Day at Phase One Studios, in Toronto, my good friend Bartosz Hadala and I recorded a new album as The Nightwatchers.  It was a productive afternoon.  We got 12 songs down in less than three hours and mixed them all the next day.  Thanks to great playing from Bartosz and very skilled engineering from Jeff Pelletier!  Song samples and our touring itinerary are at  Very best to all for a warm spring, Rupert 

A start made on material for a new album  

After a long break since completing 'The Rank Outsiders Ball' in late 2013, over the summer I began writing songs again towards a new album.  It will be an album of acoustic love songs.  I aim to compile the material over the next six to eight months, with a view to recording the album in early 2016.  Attached to this post is a sample demo of a song from the new material, entitled 'Fear Of Flying', written in August and recorded on 09 30 14 at Alex Sterling's studio on the Upper West Side of New York City (  I hope listeners will enjoy it.  Very best for fall, Rupert   

Upcoming tour of Poland, October 7-13 

I'm excited to announce 6 upcoming dates in Poland, with virtuoso pianist (and my good friend) Bartosz Hadala.  We're performing in some of Poland's most beautiful venues.  We're calling ourselves The Nightwatchers.  See details of these and other gigs on the calendar page of this website, and at  Very best for fall, Rupert 

1st run of 'The Rank Outsiders Ball' sold out in 6 months! 

The first run of Rupert Wates' CD 'The Rank Outsiders Ball', released in March 2014, is now nearly sold out and a second run has been ordered.  It took just over six months to sell all 1,000 units of the first run of the CD.  In addition to these sales, Rupert has continued to sell copies of his earlier Cds, putting his average CD sales at approximately 150 units every month for the period March through September 2014.  Congratulations to all concerned!  Best for fall, Leo G (manager)   

New book of short stories of Paris published 

In addition to my songwriting, over the years I've written a lot of prose fiction. Some of my stories have been published in British periodicals. I've recently put together a brief anthology of my short stories set in Paris, in a collection entitled City Of Lights. Dave Turner has done an excellent job of graphic design to create a very presentable little volume. The book can ordered from Amazon.Com. To find out more, please go to the STORIES page of this website, or...

– Rupert

Preview newly recorded CD 'The Rank Outsiders Ball' 

Award-winning singer songwriter guitarist Rupert Wates new CD album The Rank Outsiders Ball previewThe recording of my new CD, The Rank Outsiders Ball, at Phase One Studios in Toronto went even better than I'd hoped. Tracking and mixing of all 14 songs were completed in four days. Jeff Pelletier did an outstanding job of engineering. The band, comprising Bartosz Hadala (keyboards), Trifon Dimitrov (double bass) and Chris Howard (percussion), played brilliantly.

Mastering will be at AIRSHOW in Boulder, Colorado, and manufacture by DMA in Vancouver. Release is scheduled for early March with a launch at The Underground in New York City.

Meantime, click here to hear some some of the songs from the album: Drowned, The Lost Ones, The Man Afraid Of Shadows, Until We Meet Again, The Rank Outsiders Ball and The Entertainer

– Rupert

(Photo: Nicole Mago)

CIYH names Rupert Wates 2013 Artist of the Year 

Concerts In Your Home, an organization of house concert hosts booking artists across the United States, named Rupert a 2013 Artist of the Year, an honor given to three CIYH artists. The award is shared with Ian Mcferon ( and Jesse Terry ( "Our decision reflects a number of factors related to bookings, performances, participation and enthusiasm."