Steve is the principal songsmith, writing, or occasionally co-writing, most of the tunes other than the ‘trad arrs’ (or ‘trad ar-harrs’ as they are known to West Country pirates). Steve’s other main contribution to the performances is to sing and play all sorts of unfeasible stringed, guitar-ish, musical implements. These include the legendary mandocello, a hybrid device that is half musical instrument, half Peter Mandelson.
As well as his work with SoH, Steve has also released solo oeuvres such as Track of Words and Cruel River and has also collaborated with other West Country artists, such as Seth Lakeman* and Jenna Witts** on the Western Approaches album.
* Obscure Factlet No. 1:
Seth Lakeman is a direct descendant of West Country
Arthurian legends, Sir Lancelot du Lac and the Lady of the Lake.
** Obscure Factlet No. 2
Back in the mists of antiquity, Jenna’s ancestors were
two brothers who lived in the West Country. During a time of hardship and
deprivation (i.e. any time between then and now) the older brother, from whom
Jenna is descended, decided to stay put, while the younger brother decided to
move up country to the Big Stench.
You may very well be wondering how Sonic met Steve in the hedgerows. Although he is, of course, internationally rich, famous and successful as a result of his work in the video games industry, Sonic still does charity work on behalf of poor, disadvantaged hedgehogs and other woodland creatures.
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