Steve Gifford Biography

 

 

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An experienced and confident performer combining a unique raw driven edgy acoustic guitar style with soulful ballads and intimate lyrics

 

“Inspired songwriting enhanced by a simple, but honest vocal approach”

Maverick magazine

 

Having played guitar since his teens, Steve worked the London music scene for over 7 years in the 1980s

and with the help of three top music agencies he was working virtually full-time. After getting married he

decided to commit himself to family life and may have thought his performing and writing days were over.

 

However, this was far from the truth as in 2001 Steve wrote ten new songs in quick succession, helped along by his newly acquired Martin acoustic guitar. The resulting debut album 'Cut and Run' came out in September 2002 re-igniting Steve's musical career and including a joint album promotion with Mike Silver at the Union Chapel in Islington in October 2003.

 

The Stables at Wavendon Milton Keynes heard the album and booked him successively over the following eighteen months; where he performed with Ten Years After, Aynsley Lister and Carl Palmer. Touring Americana artists, Joe D'Urso and Stewboss also heard Steve's music and each invited him to join them for gigs on their 2004 tours.

 

Steve then recorded his second album 'Building Bridges' which was released in March 2005 on the Smokey Rooms label. As with 'Cut and Run' the fluid melodies of 'Building Bridges' perfectly fill the contours of the heartfelt lyrics, which convey, with clarity and honesty, an emotional journey through a landscape of life experiences. The thirteen songs are intertwined with the sweet sounds of Steve's new Lowden guitar, plaintive harmonica and haunting cello, with the chilled harmonies of songwriter Nici Wilcox. That album was supported by a tour which included a launch at The Stables and two shows at The Borderline in London.

 

Steve’s creative flow has continued resulting in his third and most critically acclaimed album to date “Boy On A Beach” being launched in September 2007 which Proper Music have agreed to act as exclusive UK distributors for.  This was similarly launched at The Stables where Steve had previewed a number of the songs as Shawn Colvin’s special guest a few months earlier. Since album release Steve has seen a meteoric rise in his popularity and wider public recognition receiving airplay and positive feedback with the album clearly appealing to a growing acoustic audience who enjoy self-styled individual songwriters. Steve was also recently invited to play on David Munyon's album which has just been released and there are plans to do some joint headlining dates in 2008.

 

Following a select number of low-key autumn gigs, Steve will be heading out to tour the

Boy On A Beach  album from March through to September 2008 following which he will return to the studio.

 

 

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