This multi-platinum selling band have released 5 studio albums so far, along with a greatest hits album during their 20 year career, as well as receiving 2 SAMA awards for best pop album. They are also multiple winners of SA's best band award by People Magazine.
The latest album HARBOUR
Eighteen years after the release of their debut album ‘In the meantime’, Watershed have put together their 6th studio album ‘Harbour'. This South African music success story has had a string of radio singles that way surpasses the years they have been around. 'Indigo girl’, ‘Fine way’ and ‘Letters’ mentioning a few. The band has toured and had Major success in the big European territories performing alongside some of the biggest names in world music, such as U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Geldof, The Corrs, The Cranberries. Craig Hinds, lead singer and songwriter for this band has built a career on lyrics and melodies that have touched his fans and consistently grown a following with every album the band has produced.
‘Harbour' boasts 10 tracks that are acoustic in their construction, and current in their appeal. Hinds teamed up with fellow band mate, and producer, Gideon Botes to come up with a production that is Watershed all the way. ‘We took a while to get this album done, because Gidi and I and the rest of the guys had to carve out time in our schedules to work on this record - It’s not that easy to set out to record and produce an album within a set number of weeks. It requires a different kind of discipline but allowed us the freedom to listen and improve on stuff as we went. The result is something we are all really proud of. It also allowed us the time to listen and comment and make our own unique contributions. We are lucky to be in a band of people who are all individual and talented and even more than that, mature enough to let the songs do the talking without the influence of too much ego! Its such a privileged place for me to be, to work with each of them’. The band is Craig Hinds on vocals, keyboards, guitar, Howie Combrink on drums and guitar, Gideon Botes on electric guitar, Quintin Askes on bass and Paul McIver on acoustic guitar.
The musicianship is incredible and the vocals predictably powerful. The song structures are original, and the lyrics are breathtakingly honest! The ballads, true to the form and style of this well-loved band, are meaningful and emotional beyond our wildest dreams. Lyrically, Craig has captured stories that we all live with daily and will feel of forever! The album is well balanced with an even spread of up-tempo tracks with the sounds of mandolins, Banjos, violins and ukuleles playing an integral part in this incredible energy. The band have also covered a late 80’s Waterboys song ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ , which they have been playing live and which is a fantastic tribute to this timeless song!
The first single, ‘Mountainside’ is an up tempo, groove filled, bass driven track. The message is simple, It’s time to move on from the negativity we are faced with every day. ‘I’m waiting for the perfect day to spread my wings and fly down the mountainside’, says Hinds. We can continue to explore cause and effect but the actual route to a life that’s meaningful and forward moving is to embrace simplicity and explore the small joys that give us true meaning. Another giant of a song is ‘Out the window’ which features Lira, who needs no introduction! This duet is simply incredible with the two voices working together to give us a hauntingly beautiful song about two people watching themselves grow old together from a third person perspective… 'Lira is a dream to work with and her enthusiasm and straight up love for what she does, reminds me why we do what we do. It’s not about trying to find the next hit, or breaking into a market, or reinventing yourself; it really is about creating a song from nothing and watching it grow into something so much more than you ever imagined.'
Background and Accomplishments
● Craig Hinds - vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
● Howie Combrink - drums, vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele
● Gideon Botes - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
● Quintin Askes - bass
● Paul McIver - acoustic guitar, vocals
Having toured both locally and internationally over the years off the back of their smash hits 'Indigo
Girl' and 'Letters' the band have carved an acoustic rock sound that is undeniably Watershed in its
uniqueness and crowd pleasing in its boldness. 'Watch the Rain', the lyrically intense and groove
filled song off their 5th studio album mesmerized audiences and took them into a space where ending
the show is not an option for the band. Watershed throws out hit after hit in their 2-hour performances
and never disappoints. This multi-talented 5-piece band switch from acoustic guitars to pianos &
ukuleles seamlessly whilst their sound remains fresh, powerful and melodic.
Since their breakthrough single in 2000 with “Indigo Girl” South African rock icons Watershed have
built their way up to be one of the most respected and decorated bands to come out of the Southern
Tip of Africa. Their distinctive melodic guitar sounds blend with the sultry tones of lead singer and
songwriter Craig Hinds voice to create a soothing and classic rock sound that is easily recognizable
and yet utterly unique.
Their albums and singles have consistently been rewarded with gold and platinum status both locally and abroad but Watershed pride themselves on being a touring band and always have a full gig schedule with loyal and vociferous support wherever they play out.
Acoustic rock outfit Watershed emerged as one of the most successful South African exports of their
generation when the single "Indigo Girl" topped the German pop charts. Formed in Johannesburg in
1998, Watershed was the vehicle of singer/songwriter Craig Warren Hinds , a former high school
English and history major. After a series of early lineup changes, the supporting cast solidified with the
inclusion of guitarist Paul McIver , bassist Vernon Hodgetts , drummer Tulsa Pittaway and viola player
Lizzie Rennie . This incarnation of the group signed to EMI South Africa in 1999, issuing In the
Meantime the following year; the debut single "Shine on Me" launched the group to national stardom,
and the follow-ups "Indigo Girl" and "Letters" made them superstars.
A German radio DJ on holiday in South Africa heard "Indigo Girl" and upon returning home began
spinning the single on Germany's SWR3. The record emerged as a left-field blockbuster throughout
Europe, and vaulted them to international renown. They launched the 2003 follow-up Wrapped in
Stone at an all-star concert in Johannesburg's Nelson Mandela Square. The first album to feature
keyboardist Graham Smith, it was also the last to include McIver, who at year's end exited to make
way for guitarist Nic Rush. Hinds again reshuffled the lineup in advance of 2005's Mosaic, only Rush
remained from the previous incarnation, with bassist Ozzy , keyboardist Hylton Brooker and drummer
Peter Auret completing the roster. Rennie rejoined the ranks in April 2006.
The band itself is structured around singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Craig Hinds who has
always felt he is a man with a positive message to convey. After teaching high school for two years
while playing his own material out in smaller venues Craig decided to take the opportunity to form a
band and make his voice and songs heard across the world.
Watershed’s travels have led them to perform at the prestigious SXSW Music Festival in Austin Texas
and Canadian Music week to various dates across Europe where their music is particularly well
received in Germany, Austria and Switzerland after a radio DJ on holiday in South Africa heard
“Indigo Girl” and thought it would enchant his listeners. He was absolutely right. The play listing of the
song on the local German station quickly built momentum and lead to them to be picked up by EMI
Germany who released “In The Meantime” and every album & single since.
2015’s album “Watch the Rain” tips the hat to the new-age country sound while still remaining
grounded in the cultured acoustic rock that Watershed is known and loved for and the first single off
the album “Magical Energy” has built momentum on the local South African charts.
While the term Watershed is universally used to describe a turning point, a lesser known use is in
broadcasting field where it is used to describe the transition time when adult content can be shown
and maybe now that’s a better fit for a band that has matured and realized the strength and depth of
their sound and trusted in their process and abilities.
Watershed are 20 years in the making and nowhere near ready to stop.
● Nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album, “Watch the Rain”
IN THE MEANTIME
● Released in 2000
● South Africa two SAMA nominations
● Platinum Status/ South Africa
● Producer: Brian O’Shea/South Africa
● Released in Germany: 2002
WRAPPED IN STONE
● Released in 2003
● SAMA Award 2003
● Gold Status
● Producer: Brian O’Shea/South Africa
● Release Date Germany: 2003
● Released in 2005
● SAMA Award 2005
● Platinum Status/South Africa
● Producers: J.B.Arthur/ South Africa /Ali Thomson/ UK
● Released in Germany: 2006
STARING AT THE CEILING
● Released in 2008
● Gold Status (to date)
● Producers: Eliot Kennedy/ UK/Ali Thomson/UK
● Release Date Germany: 12 June 2009
A MILLION FACES - 20 Hits
● Released in 2010
WATCH THE RAIN
● Released in 2015
● South Africa’s Hottest Band/ People Magazine (twice)
● The People Crystal Award for Best Band (four times)
● Leisure Options Readers’ Choice Award (regularly)