Steven Faulkner Live Musician

Professional Singer for Weddings, Corporate & Private Events

Professional Singer / Songwriter / Musician and also a Wedding Singer in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire & Leicestershire. Available to hire for Corporate and private events, Pubs and Music Festivals.

Its Been A While

My last post was 27th October. Where Have I been? erm......nowhere really.

On November I had a fairly serious car crash. No loss of life but I did suffer a broken collar bone. Apart from being painful I was gutted because it meant I had to cancel about 30 shows spanning the duration of November & December. But....nobody died, so all is well!

So 2016!  Ive got 90 shows booked already for this year including festivals, pub gigs, weddings, parties, covers and original work, and even a tour of UK Holiday Parks which will take me all around the UK coast including Wales, Devon, Isle Of Wight, Kent, and Norfolk, as well as the North East & North West. 

My aim for this year is to get as near to 300 shows as I possibly can......I always say aim high and be ambitious!

So other than directing you to my updated gig listing here I have not much to add.

Other than.......

David Bowie's passing was 3 days ago now. When I was growing up I was bought up more on The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Queen and The Who. But all through that time there was this guy who was just SO COOL! He'd turn up singing with Queen, or Mick Jagger, or Annie Lennox and you couldn't help but be drawn by his presence. So it's fair to say I got properly into David Bowie's music retrospectively in my early 20's.  His sheer range of styles, Aliases, genres, and creative ideas as well as the ability to embrace technology and the future just blows me away. 

I have managed to work out an arrangement of Bowie's track Life On Mars. 

You can watch it here

One of the most beautiful songs ever written. I hope you like it

Steve 

xx

Oxjam, Zombies & Rock & Roll!

It has been an eventful 10 days or so…..

17th October was a busy day indeed. I started by playing at the Oxjam event in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The event was held at Praha in the town centre and was organized by Steve & Sonny from the band Same Size Feet (spot the Stereophonics influence there) It was a fun event and had a healthy turnout which is not only nice for a performer but excellent for the charity! The set before mine was performed by Kyle Boswell – a local artist with a great future judging from what I saw and heard.

After playing at Oxjam I had about 50 minutes to get to Derby to play at The Greyhound on Ashbourne Road. I have been playing regular shows at The Greyhound for around 5 years now and always enjoy it. I like the atmosphere at the Derby Brewing Company pubs, it’s nice and relaxed which allows me to play songs I like personally.  I especially enjoyed playing on this occasion as the audience were asking for songs by Soundgarden, Jeff Buckley, and Tenacious D! All of whom are some of my favourite bands and artists.

The next afternoon was my regular open mic evening which I run at The Red Lion in Repton from 6pm until 9pm. The turn-out is always great here with 5 or 6 performers regularly attending. This was the first time I had met Ollie Holroyd who is a great blues player and singer with tonnes of experience, and then a chap called Rex turned up - nicely oiled as he’d been in the other pub in the village for a few hours. We were between acts when I could hear Rex cursing his luck that he was too late to sign up to play. I explained that he could play and so after much cajoling he sat at the piano……….and played some of the best Rock & Roll I have ever heard live! After he’d played a couple of songs Ollie and I joined him on the Guitar and Cajon respectively! You can see a short video of the ensuing noise here. Lots of fun was had!

I had a couple of days break from performing and then went to see The Herron Brothers at The Venue in Derby. Now that The Sons are no more it is great to see Steven & Paul Herron carrying on with their own brand of folk/pop/rock (I hate pigeon-holing bands). They sounded great - -check them out here!

Friday 23rd I was back at The Bell & Castle in Derby – the audience were particularly lively on this particular evening, shouting multiple requests at me between songs. These requests tended to veer on the upbeat side including songs I usually perform near the end of a show such as Without Me by Eminem or Boom Shake the Room by Will Smith. Luckily they believed me when I said I did plan to play those songs but they’d enjoy them more if I was allowed to build up to them with other songs first!

I was really looking forward to the Bell & Castle show as I was able to bring the first pressings of my album Jigsaw Man as well as a live CD with some of my cover versions on. I am really proud of both CD’s.

Saturday was my last free Saturday for a while as I am booked through the rest of 2015!

Sunday represented my second wedding fayre with Bridefayre held at Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby – Itself a fantastic wedding venue. These events are not only fun but serve as an eye-opener as to how much work goes into some of the services and products available at weddings. Anyway….I played for about 3 hours of the 5 hours I was there and enjoyed talking to all the happy couples doing the rounds. Hopefully I will see them again when I’m playing at their weddings! I am an optimist.

A quick car journey and I arrived at The Red Lion to host the Open Mic Night. We had some great performances from Drew, Sue, Rob, and John. It is nice to listen to others at these events.

So there is my “dear diary”. 6 Performances, 100 CDs pressed of 2 albums. Many miles driven, many songs sung.

Over the next week or so I am really starting to get busy. Tonight I’m at The Maze in Nottingham, Wednesday I’m at Barnacles Restaurant in Hinckley, Friday at The Cuckoo Oak in Telford, Saturday at The Black Horse in Hulland Ward, before retiring to host open mic at The Red Lion.

(On the Thursday I will be at Alton Towers for Scarefest with David Sattar who plays the drums & percussion when I play any original material. All the scaremazes as well as something called the Sub-Species Lockdown which was described to me as Saw crossed with The Crystal Maze….oo er! Help!?)

 

Liverpool still haven’t won  

Wedding Fayre. Magic. Jurgen Klopp

I’ve been a very busy boy over the last week or so, especially between Friday & Monday when I played 5 gigs which totalled over 15 hours of playing!

Friday was The Bell & Castle in Derby.

 A nice pub on the outskirts of the city centre, I always enjoy playing there because the audience are always very lively and enjoy a dance and a bit of banter. This show was no different. 99 percent of the audience were enjoying and joining in with the performance….apart from 1 really drunk older chap who insisted on performing a w*nker sign every time I used my loop pedal (clearly a purist who wanted some sort or Mark Knopfler tribute). So, “how do you react to this” I hear you ask! Well, I stopped my song and asked how he was, how had his week been, and does he have some sort of twitch in his hand? He looked very silly but I bought him a drink and we moved on – he even smiled in the end. Steve 1 – Haters 0

Saturday was a private booking at The Greyhound in Derby.

I had been booked for nearly a year for this show and was looking forward to it. Kelly who had booked me was throwing a 30th birthday bash for her partner. I had been watching the event page on Facebook fill with embarrassing photos all year and somehow they had kept the event from him. Again, this was a really enjoyable show (I love my job) with all age groups there from young kids to grand-parents. I was really keen that they were happy with the job I did, so I also came prepared with a playlist for when I wasn’t playing live. The show went well with me performing (at the audiences request) rare live tracks live Lion Sleeps Tonight. To top it off, when Kelly brought out the cake with candles she had also got a cupcake for myself as well as a couple of the guests who had birthdays close to the date! Kelly, if you’re reading I’ll play for you guys any time!

Sunday I had 2 events to play at.

First up was my very first wedding fayre at Burton Town Hall with Bridefayre.com. I arrived suited & booted with business cards so fresh they still smelled new….(you know what I mean, similar to a new book or the inlay of a brand new CD) and unsure of what to expect. What I found was an extremely welcoming group of people made up of various wedding professionals from many venues and businesses….too many to name here. (I’m sure as my blogs build u they will all get a mention). It was a long day but it was also a satisfying one as I made lots of business connections and had a few couples interested in booking me for their event.

I packed up and went to my next gig via the Red Lion in Repton. I had to set up the PA kit so that John Beer could cover my open mic night. And the next gig?

That was at Seven Bar & Restaurant on Pride Park in Derby.

It was a charity event and auction for the Helping Hearts charity. I played my 3 sets and was fed a beautiful meal (take note other clients….this goes down well haha). Also at this event was a young magician called Luca Gallone who is a fantastic close-up magician. If you’ve not heard of him then remember the name – I’ve seen Derren Brown close up and this guy is just as good!  After the auction there were a few people still around so I played for them until my voice was raw and my fingers had had enough. A very enjoyable day and evening which left me shattered but smiling.

Monday I was at Stafford University’s Stoke campus.

This is a nice venue with lovely staff and this was the 5th week I had played there. It reminded me of my time at Derby University where I found a real apathy amongst students towards live music. The aforementioned apathy coupled with the venue’s inability to put up the posters I had printed and laminated meant that the largest crowd I ever played to was 6 people. In such circumstances I will always still play an energetic set but I think that will be the last time I am there. It’s a shame as the staff were polite but no one seemed too bothered. I still got paid but that’s not the point. I sincerely hope that the venue manage to change how they approach their attempt at live music as the current approach isn’t good for anybody. I mention all this because I want to make the point that my blogs are honest and genuine, if I enjoy a gig I will say so. Onwards & upwards.

 

As I write this I am about to embark on 3 gigs in 2 days (Hinckley, Derby, Repton) as well as watching Jurgen Klopp’s mighty red army (on TV of course). The review of all this will be soon. Have a great weekend wherever you are!

A Review of the last week or so

So how’s it going?

Not too badly – thanks for asking!

Since I turned full time I have been keeping busy playing lots of shows at new and old venues, and also trying to make inroads into playing new areas.

Seven Bar & Restaurant – Derby

I played here on a Sunday lunchtime. A lovely restaurant I have to say it was a really enjoyable venue to play at…..especially as they fed me! That’s ALWAYS a bonus!

Open Mic @ The Red Lion – Repton

A new evening I have been running. There have been some fantastic musicians coming to this including Moore & Moore Beer, Sue Woollard, and Annabelle Bartram to name just a few. It’s a really talented and supportive group of performers which is a really nice thing to see.

Barnacles Restaurant

This was a lot of fun. A Wednesday evening burger & lobster night. It was a great chance to try my new P.A. system and loop pedal. In fact it went so well I played an extra set! The only downside was that I saw some fantastic looking food going around – I had a subway for tea haha

A Night Off

The Hudson Super Six – one of Derby’s finest bands played at The Venue in Derby so I went down to see them. Absolutely brilliant performance – if QOTSA tried 50s rock & roll then theyd still be nowhere near as good as these guys

Karns Open Mic

This was the 1st time I had hosted an open mic at Karns….since 2008! I wasn’t sure how the night would go s armed myself with a good long set list just in case. I needn’t have worried. Lots of players turned up and we went from 9pm tiil 2am just jamming and having a lot of fun with members of the public taking vocal duties (once they’d had a few beers!)

The White Swan

Another new venue for me. It’s a beautiful pub based out near Burton on Trent. The only problem we had was a clash with the England Vs Australia Rugby World Cup match. So with a little rearranging of times I still played and as usual it was a thoroughly enjoyable gig to play & hopefully I’ll be back ther

What a great summer! What's Autumn got for us?

So it was the first day of Autumn yesterday.

The summer has been fantastic fun, playing a few weddings, some festivals and in pubs and venues.

The highlight of the Summer was playing at the Y-Not Festival near Matlock, Derbyshire. I’ve been lucky enough to play there a few times in recent years. This year was great as I had David Sattar on drums and had Motormouf on to guest on a couple of songs. That I also got to watch Ash, Snoop Dogg, and Super Furry Animals was also great.

Some of the weddings, private parties and shows I’ve performed at have been a lot of fun and are a huge part of the reason that I love the summer months.

So with the nights drawing in I am looking forward to playing in some pubs and venues – hopefully in some new venues too.

One of these new venues is Barnacles Restaurant near Hinckley, Leicestershire. It looks like a lovely setting for a gig so I'm really looking forward to that on 30th September. I hope to be playing some songs with former "Kids in Cars" drummer Jon Freeman on percussion - just for a bit of fun really! 

I have started to host an open mic night at the Red Lion in Repton, Derbyshire. Every Sunday 6-9pm. Last Sunday was fantastic and its nice to have a regular event to try new material out at whilst enjoying other performances

I’m happy to announce that I will be carrying on with the “Steven Faulkner Music Presents” events which are based at Karns Bar in Hinckley Leicestershire. Already I have confirmed some brilliant bands and artists such as The Hudson Super Six, Alright The Captain, The Procession, Matt Henshaw, Yakobo, Confyde, Motormouf, and Siobhan Mazzei which sees the event booked up until February. Great news.

For my original music project and for my cover and loop pedal act I am making strides into playing further afield than ever this year. I have already played in South Wales and North Eastern England this year as well as the Midlands so am hoping to hit these wider areas more often.

 

Always on the lookout to stay busy!
Steve

New Website

I've finally got my website live and will be pushing my entertainments business now that I'm a self employed Singer / Songwriter and Musician.

I'll be working as a wedding singer around the areas of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire and pretty much all over the Midlands and UK.  So if you hear of anyone getting married, please direct them to my website which is stevenfaulknermusic.co.uk.

I'll also be continuing with working as an artist performing live gigs at pubs, venues and music festivals around the UK.  As well as performing for corporate events and private parties.

Steven Faulkner, Wedding Singer, Artist & Musician, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire, Midlands, UK, England, Europe

Steven Faulkner Music

Email: info@stevenfaulknermusic.co.uk            Telephone: 07522 980 213

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