"Gillespie's music haunts and hurts in the same manner as the late Nick Drake" TOM Mag 1984.
Gillespie's debut album released independently on 1st June, 1984. Finalist in NZ Music Award 1984 -Most Promising Vocalist & Best Folk Album Categories. Winner of Special APRA Award 1984 for "AWAY WITH YOU" Featuring: Wayne Gillespie (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Songwriter), Brendan Power (Harmonica), Denny Stanway (Vocals), Bob Shepheard (Fretless Bass) with Julian Mckean and Warren Sly (Electric Guitar) , Judy Douglas (violin). Influences: Leonard Cohen -"Songs from a Room", Melanie - "Star Portrait", Van Morrison - "Astral Weeks", Joni Mitchell "Hejira", Bert Jansch - "Rosemary Lane" , John Martyn - "Solid Air, Steve Ashley - "Stroll On".