Considered one of the most charismatic live performers at work today, Steve Harley will be touring with his six-piece rock band Cockney Rebel, calling at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 15th December.
Steve began his singing career “floor-spotting” (singing for free as a member of the audience) in London folk clubs in 1971/72. He later joined folk band Odin as rhythm guitarist and co-singer, before forming Cockney Rebel as a vehicle for his own work.
After almost fifty years in the business, music is still his first love. “We see the world and play to great audiences; how good is that! I see great cities and their galleries and museums in our down-time, beautiful landscapes from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean coast, all in my life as a touring musician. It’s still the greatest job on earth!” Harley said recently.
Steve has written lyrics for several other artists, including Rod Stewart, who has called him “one of the finest lyricists the UK has ever produced.”
While Mojo commented: “Harley creates songs of deep beauty, full of life’s experiences”.
Steve was awarded a Gold Badge of Merit by the British Academy of Songwriters, and a Lifetime Achievement Award for Acoustic Music by the British Festival of Acoustic Music in 2018.
Never tired of touring the world, Steve Harley still says, “Playing live is the biggest thrill there is. Every night is different. Every audience and every town have their own personality, and I am a relentless explorer… I love it more now than ever. I cannot imagine stopping it. It’s what I do, play and sing”.
The live shows include the big hit singles, like ‘Judy Teen’, ‘Mr Soft’, ‘Love’s A Prima Donna’, ‘Sebastian’ and the evergreen ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’ – a song noted by PRS as one of the most-played songs in history on British Radio.
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel play The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday 15th December at 8pm. Ring the box office on 01284 758 000 or see www.theapex.co.uk for more details.