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Some more in-depth ramblings from Steve, as he travels the world, meets all sorts of people and seeks inspiration.

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Catch Me When I Fall

Posted on: Friday, 23 September 2016
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The songwriting compulsion continues. We’ve been back in the wonderful Woodworm Studios working with engineer Stuart Jones again  on two tracks: Diamond and The Gambling Man and Catch Me When I Fall. The first is the tale of two wandering spirits whose paths intersect and they ramble together for awhile. Eventually they take different trails […]

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A Manifesto for Artisan Music !

Posted on: Friday, 29 April 2016
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Artisan Music is a music from the stories and spirit of the exuberant, downtrodden, uprising, unfashionable genius of common folk Artisan music shall be music played on instruments made of wood wire, gut, brass, steel, skin* Artisan Music is a love affair with a moody, temperamental, giving and receiving, changeable magical partner pathetically called ‘an […]

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Listen to the band: Chris ‘the bishop’ Lydon

Posted on: Tuesday, 5 April 2016
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Chris Lydon ‘The Bishop!’ Tuba, piano, cajon and vocals Chris ‘the Bishop’ Lydon is long-time musical compadre of Steve Bonham, somewhere between a musical director and go-between to musical reality for Steve. He is also an amazing, rootsy piano player and a tuba player who boldly takes the instrument to where it ain’t never been […]

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Listen to the Band – John Humphreys

Posted on: Sunday, 27 March 2016
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John Humphreys (Don’t play cards with this man) Banjo, fiddle, melodeon and percussion John is the virtuoso banjo player who also happens to a play mean fiddle, melodeon and percussion on The Murmuring of Thieves. With over thirty years as performer and teacher all over the UK and beyond, he brings massive credibility to the […]

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The State I’m In (The Mermaid Song)

Posted on: Monday, 16 November 2015
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Here are the lyrics to “The State I’m In”. I’d always wanted to write a song that has a subtitle in brackets, hence: (The Mermaid Song).

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Steve Bonham and The Long Road

Posted on: Tuesday, 21 July 2015
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With John-on-the fiddle coming on board the music has really taken a new direction. Ace fiddle and banjo player John brings along a really rootsy Cajun / Americana feel. Coupled with Chris swampy piano and uniquely fluent tuba playing wrapped around Steve’s songs we believe what we are now doing falls sweetly into the great […]

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My Mother’s War

Posted on: Monday, 1 June 2015
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I am playing a very special gig this weekend in West Woodburn in Northumberland. It is at school to which thanks to the detective work of my daughter Lucy-Jane and great friend Trish Taylor I find I have a rather special connection. When I was young my mum was a magical figure, someone I just knew […]

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First Sight

Posted on: Wednesday, 29 April 2015
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This is one of those lyrics that was just THERE! Still a bit of a work-in-progress but so far so good. Wanted to do something pagan and country at the same time. Going to trial this  at the Acoustic Festival of Britain on 21 June and at the marvellous Dublin Castle, Camden, London where we […]

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The Ballad Beyond – Jez Lowe

Posted on: Monday, 9 February 2015
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I’ve aways been a fan of Jez Lowe – he’s a real craftsman when it comes to writing songs and this is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. The link it my review of it on the FATEA website. DO take a listen http://www.fatea-records.co.uk/magazine/2014/JezLowe.html

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Writing ‘They Came Home’

Posted on: Monday, 25 August 2014
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As we rightly bow our heads to the never-ending white crosses on green hills, I wrote this song for those millions of ordinary people haunted by the unimaginable and grotesque who came home. The song was written over less than four days just before and starting recording Songsmith. The song came together on a remarkable […]

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