Born in Coventry England Steve showed musical promise very early on, performing in his school orchestra at age five on the triangle later graduating to the glockenspiel, an instrument with far more sex appeal! Two years of keyboard lessons in his early teens ended abruptly when his music teachers' dog died followed closely by his music teacher, it was then that he picked up the guitar. Self taught he formed his first band at age 16, playing rock lead guitar. Steve survived 2 years of biker bar and pub gigs in Coventry, a typical night would mean avoiding 2 or 3 fist fights (at least one of them between the biker girls), mouthfuls of beer being spit on you from the front row, and having your door money made off with by the very large doorman...not that much fun but it did develop his distinctive "bob and weave" stage moves.
He set aside music temporarily at 19 to complete an art degree. Graduating top of his class he moved to London and worked very successfully as an art director/ graphic designer and illustrator, three years and 900 days of rain later he emigrated to California to see if the beach boys were telling the truth...they were!
Continuing his art career he worked in Los Angeles designing movie posters for the Hollywood studios, winning several top national and international awards, his poster for the movie "Naked Lunch" was featured in an exhibition at the LA County Museum of Art.
In 1986 he met a singer/songwriter from Boston and formed an alternative pop band called the "Woodies" (Woody Harrelson and the cast of Cheers happened to be drinking in the bar as they tried to come up with names), six years of showcase gigs and local radio play saw them very close to a deal but it was not to be. It was during this time that he met fellow Brit Shep Lonsdale, they hit it off musically recording experimental spoken-word music under the name "Spit" and jamming together in Sheps "Beat Therapy" drum class.
Disillusioned after joining and leaving a few more LA bands he sought solace in a pint of Guinness at his brand new local Irish pub O'Brien's, it was there that he met Patrick Murphy, legendary drinking, singing, playing and story telling sessions ensued. During one such event Pat asked Steve if he would like to fill the recently empty spot of guitar player in Pat and Steve Weymeyers band GAELIC STORM. "Why not" he thought "I've had enough of trying to be serious and successful I might as well have some fun...Yes" he said but only if his friend Shep could come and play too... 3 months later he drowned in a terrible boating accident...and the rest is history!
When not playing or travelling Steve divides his time between photography, fine art, gardening and the triangle.