Despite being a gigging guitarist and acoustic music fan myself for many years, every now and again I seem to find a fellow musician who not only knocks my socks off but also has been around for a long while and I've totally missed their work.
I first saw that Steve was appearing at my local Folk Club in December so decided to visit his web-site and find out a bit more about him. I was hugely impressed by the samples I was able to listen to on the site and decided to download this, his new album. It is a very good album that for me only just misses five star rating. For me to give any album 5 stars then pretty much every single track has to be standout. There are what seem to be just a couple of filler tracks, but the songs This is the Dawn, Memory Lane, Rio De La Miel and Nottamun Town Return all fit for me into the category of outstanding songs of the genre. The one curiosity for me was the final track, Inja, which is a sort of musical parody of Davey Graham's Anji. If he wanted to make a tribute then personally I would have much preferred to hear Steve's own interpretation of the original than this.
If you, like me, have not been familiar with this man's work then this is a good place to start. He is a fine craftsman at contemporary songwriting, being able to write with both grittiness and sensitivity and is also a highly accomplished guitar player. I'll certainly be seeing him live in December!