12 May 2017, 8pm
Steve Wickham: ‘Beekeeper’ Album launch
Second solo album from acclaimed Waterboys fiddler
FEATURES TWELVE CAPTIVATING SONGS AND SOME DIVERSE GUEST PERFORMERS INCLUDING MIKE SCOTT OF THE WATERBOYS, KATIE KIM, GER WOLFE, THE LOST BROTHERS, DAVID HOOD, CAMILLE O’SULLIVAN, BRUNO CALICIURI, JOE CHESTER & OLEG PONOMAREV.
“In 2012 I was sitting (being painted) for my friend the painter Nick Miller and I started writing tunes as he was painting. The sittings went on over a couple of weeks by that time I’d recorded several hours of improvised music, thus began the seeds of this album…” (Steve Wickham, March 2017)
Many music fans will know Steve Wickham from his virtuoso violin playing in The Waterboys, with whom he has played for over thirty years.
In addition, Steve’s live and studio performances have made him – if not quite a household name – then certainly a household sound. His recording debut was on U2’s ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ in 1982, and his Waterboys cover of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’, demonstrating his ‘fuzz-fiddle’ technique live on BBC R2, left Chris Evans awestruck: “The best cover we’ve ever had in the studio”, he said of the performance. Other artists with whom Steve has played include Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Sinead O’Connor. Band-mate and musical collaborator Mike Scott has described Steve as ‘the world’s greatest rock fiddle player’.
Away from the stage, Steve writes songs and ‘Beekeeper’ is his second solo offering, following 2004’s ‘Geronimo’. It’s a collection of twelve pieces, each carefully rendered and beautifully performed with some intriguing guest appearances.
Around half of the album was recorded in Sligo MagicRoom Studios, run by Brian McDonagh (Dervish) who produced two of the tracks with Steve (‘The Song of Lost Things’ and ‘The Hare’). There was also a session engineered by respected Donegal producer Ray Duffyat the Model Studios in Sligo, Ireland. The other half was recorded in Dublin’s Cauldron Studios which were produced by Joe Chester (Waterboys guitarist and more recently producer of Hozier) and Steve. Some overdubs were done in France.