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Ste is a singer and guitarist performing well known hits spanning all genres with strong, soulful vocals and an effortless guitar style.
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Ste is a singer and guitarist performing well known hits spanning all genres and decades with strong, soulful vocals and an effortless guitar style. He can offer upbeat sets that get everyone dancing, or something more chilled out for a relaxed feel that suits any event. Ste has been performing music professionally for over 10 years, fronting the Hope Street Busking Band, a successful wedding and function band based in the North of England, as well as writing and performing his own successful projects. Having also worked as a street entertainer for the South Bank Centre in London for many years he has gained a wide international following. Providing a powerful and soulful voice and a charming persona to match, it's clear performing is his passion. Ste is available for all kinds of events and can perform solo, or provide duo options - guitar/piano or guitar/percussion, and even a full band if required. The only choice for making your day something special!

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75 gigs
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Acoustic, Pop, Americana, Soul, Vintage, Covers, R&B, Indie, Pop rock, Britpop, Christmas, Film / TV music, 1990s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1950s era music, 1940s era music, 1930s era music, 1920s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Folk rock, Traditional English folk, Rockabilly, Jazz, Blues, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Karaoke, Motown, Top 40, Tribute, Rock, Alternative rock, Post rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Burns night, Concert, Theatre / Show
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Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Transcription
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Steven's Song list

Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
• I Wanna Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
• Come Together - The Beatles
• Something in the Way She Moves - The Beatles
• Twist and Shout - The Beatles
• Please, Please Me - The Beatles
• Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
• Cecilia - Simon and Garfunkel
• Falsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
• Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
• Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
• Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
• Beast Of Burden - The Rollin Stones
• My Generation - The Who
• Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
• Stand By Me - Ben E. King
• Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis
• God Only Knows - Beach Boys
• Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Higher and Higher – Jackie Wilson
• My Girl – The temptations
• Where Did Our Love Go? – The Supremes
Sittin On the Dock of A Bay – Otis Redding
What a wonderful world – Sam Cooke
Cupid – Sam Cooke
These Arms Of Mine – Otis Redding
• Perfect Day - Lou Reed
• Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard - Paul Simon
• Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
• No Woman, No Cry - Bob Marley
• Smile - Cockney Rebel
• Superstition - Stevie Wonder
• Teenage Kicks - The Undertones
• Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
• Take it Easy - The Eagles
Crazy Love - Van Morrison
Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
Rocket Man – Elton John
Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Dancin in the Moonlight – Thin Lizzy
• Call Me Al - Paul Simon
• Land Down Under - Men at Work
• Billy Bragg - New England
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon
A Little Respect – Erasure
Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O Connor
Man in the Mirror – Michael Jackson
• I'm Gonna Be (50 Miles) - The Proclaimers
• Dignity - Deacon Blue
• I'm A Believer - the Monkees
• This Charming Man - The Smiths
• Proud Mary – Tina Turner
Don’t Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Englishman in New York - Sting
• Just Want to Dance the Night Away - The Mavericks
• Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
• Common People - Pulp
• Sit Down - James
• Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
• Breakfast at Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
• Yellow - Coldplay
• Drinking in LA - Bran Van 3000
• Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
• She's Electric - Oasis
• Half the World Away - Oasis
• Wonderwall - Oasis
Day We Caught The Train - Ocean Colour Scene
• Friday Im In Love - The Cure
I Try - Macy Gray
Linger – The Cranberries
You and Me - The Wannadies
Disco 2000 – Pulp
• Babylon - David Gray
• Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
• Someday - The Strokes
• Last Night - The Strokes
• Hey Ya! - Outkast
• When the Night Feels My Song - Bedouin Soundclash
• Dreaming of You - The Coral
• Little Lion Man - Mumford and Sons
• Fans - Kings of Leon
• At the Bottom of Everything - Bright Eyes
• First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes
• Valerie - Amy Winehouse
• If You Wanna - The Vaccines
• 59 Sound - The Gaslight Anthem
• Grant My Last Request - Paulo Nutini
• Candy - Paulo Nutini
• Pencil full of Lead - Paulo Nutini
• Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
• First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
• Marry You – Bruno Mars
• Hounds of Love - the Futureheads
• Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show
• A Team - Ed Sheeran
• When the sun goes Down – Arctic Monkeys
• Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
• Lightning Bolt - Jake Bugg
• All I Want Is You - Barry Louis Polisar
• Mr Brightside - The Killers
• Human - The Killers
• Drops of Jupiter - Train
• Dakota - The Stereophonics
• Ho hey - The Lumineers
Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
Ed Sheeran – Perfect
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
R. Kelly – Ignition
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
John Legend – All Of Me
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Ben Howard – Only Love
Magic – Rude
Bastille – Ay Oh
Kodaline – The One
The Courteeners – Not 19 Forever
Chelsea Dagger – The Fratellis
Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles
Zephyr Song – Red Hot Chili Peppers
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
Tom Odell – Grow Old With Me
The Killers – Human
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

That is absolutely fine, just let me know in the run up to the event and everything will run smoothly.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Absolutely. I will just need to know in advance of the gig so that I have the right equipment. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, I provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

I can set up in under 30 minutes. I usually aim to arrive roughly an hour before my set, giving myself plenty of time to meet and greet and get set up and ready.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I'm happy to take requests, including songs you might not see on my list. I'm always looking to expand my repertoire. If you let me know in advance of the gig what songs you would especially like to hear I'll make sure to play them. Likewise, if there's anything you definitely do not want, then please let me know

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I bring all my own equipment, I just need access to a mains socket and we're good to go!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes, I can learn song requests before the gig no problem!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The biggest compliments are usually about my singing voice, I try and put a lot of good soul and feeling into my singing and it tends to get a really good response.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've performed at countless beautiful wedding venues up and down the country. I've also performed original music at many 1000+ capacity venues in cities in the UK and Europe

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Marvin Gaye, Paolo Nutini, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and many more

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I was a support act for Morcheeba at the Kentish Town Forum

Steven's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£437.50
Up to 2 hours£625
Up to 3 hours£750
Extra musician
Add an extra musician to any package of your choosing- this could be drums, bass, keys, a second guitar etc. I'm happy to be flexible and have a wide range of incredible contacts.
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. Perfect for the beginning of the journey of a lifetime.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.


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Steven's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Lisa R
5 months ago
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5 out of 5

Would recommend

Cathy G
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

Everyone loved Steven at our wedding. Sadly I only got to hear a couple songs before being dragged off for pictures but what I head was brilliant and I’m sad I didn’t hear more. Great song choices, incredible voice! Very impressed

Reply from Steven
6 months ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. It was such a beautiful day. Huge congrats to you both! Ste

Brendan K
7 months ago
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5 out of 5

From start to finish, our experience with Steven was of the highest standard, the communication was great, he had a fantastic array of songs which kept everyone dancing and singing and he learned two requests for first dances within such a short period of time which were executed perfectly, he really did make our special moments even more magical.

Reply from Steven
7 months ago

Thanks so much Brendan, it was so nice to meet you both. Huge congrats! Ste

Renay K
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to sit and listen to Ste, but what I did hear was wonderful and exactly what we asked for. Our wedding guests all commented on how amazing Ste’ was and I cannot wait to watch him on our wedding video! Highly recommend! ❤️

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From other customers:

Christie M
4 years ago, for a Wedding in Charlton Rd
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5 out of 5

Ste, there are no words to thank you enough! You are an incredible singer and made our wedding day the incredible day it was! Your voice in the church was literally insane!! I loved hearing you sing during the reception drinks and I really wanted the photos to be done so I could come and hear you more!! Our first dance couldn’t have been more perfect, excuse the pun, and my dad said that our dance together was one of the best moments in his life.

Wedding C
7 years ago

Iv just come round from last night and can't tell you how amazing you were - every single bit honestly I couldn't have dreamt of anything better. EVERYONE is talking about you to me, you honestly made our day. I'll get some videos and send them over you clearly don't need to advertise as word of mouth is enough from everyone whose enjoyed it! Xx" - Sarah Hatcher 12/8/17 🙌🏼❤️🙌🏼

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