Bannerman combines the songwriting of Richie Setford and the musicianship of Ben Anderson (drums), Magnus Bang-Olsen (bass) and Oliver Emmitt (trombone). They have released 3 albums and 1 EP to wide critical acclaim, winning a 2012 NZ Music Award and being shortlisted for the Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most revered song writing accolade.
Richie’s relocation to Berlin in 2013 forced a reconfiguring of the back catalogue in a live context and became the catalyst for the 4 piece’s quietly dramatic new material. Dreamy and brooding ballads are now the focus of a Bannerman show. These are songs that have a compelling and dynamic structure, an often disarming, melancholic undercurrent and an intimacy that draws the listener in.
In 2014 Bannerman toured Europe with Tiny Ruins and supported The Magic Numbers, Anais Mitchell, Shovels & Rope and Lawrence Arabia.