For many years we had the pleasure of knowing Steve, a charming man whose passion for blues and rock & roll transcended all.
Instantly recognisable from just his jolly chuckle or signature leather jacket, Steve was always willing to depart with some interesting musical lore from his pilgrimages to the American south.
As a young man he and his bandmates would tour the country as well as the continent playing in a variety of music festivals.
They were even the first Brits to be extended an invite to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee!
Steve and his wife would take on a pilgrimage through Memphis visiting historically significant sites such as Graceland (the home of Elvis Presley), Sun Studios (the famous studio of rock and roll legend Sam Phillips) as well as the sombering National Civil Rights Museum (located at the motel where M.L.K was assassinated).
It wasn’t only music though that held his heart, Steve was an enthusiastic fisherman (even if he didn’t catch many fish) and also had a love for the art of photography. He could also be found in his element driving across the west coast of Scotland or jovially socialising with locals at the pub.
After having a stroke Steve found himself unable to play his guitar.
Unlike many who would have resigned hope, he was active in finding a way to keep busy and in tune with his musical passion.
Steve took to building electric six string guitars and bass guitars, applying his years of accumulated knowledge to his craftsmanship with great results.
It is with a heavy heart that we will miss our frequent musings with Steve. Undoubtedly we will be instantly reminded of him whenever we hear a signature blues or rock and roll rhythm or smell that sweet coffee rough cut tobacco that he was fond of.