Original Music

I have written and performed in several different idioms - and with several different idiots ... pop, rock, jazz, country, electronica and folk. Much of my writing has been done in collaboration with Dave Styles in the guise of Ziggurat or Lanzend. In the 1980s I wrote a folky tune called "Beggars Bush" , specifically for the Dawlish New Year Ceremony of taking a giant around town at midnight. It has been an amusement of mine to hear it played in folk sessions and remained anonymous while the players assured it was traditional - which I suppose it might have become.

The Beggar's Bush signpost outside Chudleigh Steve with Dave Styles at Chudleigh Town Hall 1971 Ziggurat playing at Newton Abbot Folk Club in 1972 (Dave, Steve & Ted - Steve's father on violin) Ziggurat playing at Exeter University Great Hall 1974 (Steve & Dave Styles) The Folk Rocker in 1974 Competing in the Dartmoor Step Dance Competition with Bob Cann playing the melodeon Taking a break from filming on location for Summer Story, with am Richards Playing in a folk session at the Royal Oak, Ideford with father Ted on fiddle and John Wills on guitar in 1973 Playing fiddle in the 1980s on the ferry to France with Mick Bramich

Here are some pictures of Steve ...

Click here to go to our website where you will find many pictures, CDs, videos and songs to buy or listen to online. Our first album was released many years ago now, with the help of the late folk music collector Peter Kennedy.

Lanzend is our other, instrumental project. Click here to listen to some of our tracks from the 'Noble Guest' CD, inspired by the Exeter Book of Riddles ... and influenced by great composers such as Delia Derbyshire and Tonto's Expanding Head Band.

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Steve's big Film Debut

"A Summer Story" is a 1988 film directed by Piers Haggard and starring Susannah York, Imogen Stubbs and James Wilby. Based on a story by John Galsworthy the film was shot in Devon and you can see Steve playing for the village party scene starting here at 29:50. Steve is playing the fiddle and the squeeze box is played by his good friend Sam Richards. The film is available on DVD here.

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Steve's song "Old Friends Now" from the Ziggurat album "London Legs":

Ziggurat singing at Torquay Folk Club way back in 1972 - this is Mike Heron's version of "Bright Morning Stars" accompanied by the whole folk club audience:

Ziggurat playing "Lament and You", jointly composed by Steve and Dave, with Steve's rip-roaring electric guitar playing at the end - from the album "The Uncertainty Principle":

Listen to, and buy, the Ziggurat album "The Uncertainty Principle", available here from iTunes: