Steve's new album is out now. Why not visit the store to hear samples of the tracks? Four of the tracks in their entirety have been added to Steve's jukebox (above) too.
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Born in November 1947 in Bristol, England. Steve studied as teacher of English and Drama. He relocated to Germany in November 1979 and currently lives in Worpswede near Bremen.
Steve has been playing guitar and singing since he was 22 years old. His music originated from the Acoustic English Folk tradition but his program now covers all styles.
He writes and plays his own music and lyrics in addition to singing other peoples songs. He likes to create atmosphere and warmth and quiet when he plays although he occasionally also likes to play/sing in a band. In principle he prefers to perform in concert, where the text can also be understood.
Steve offers a variety of programs either in the form of his solo concerts, with his current duo partner Norbert (Nob) Wesch, or with the Worpswede Session musicians known as Steve Westaway and Friends. Steve was previously with the exceptional Bremen guitarist Peter Apel as the Westaway/Apel duo and also a third of Trio Blues Plus with Klaus Grossert and Justus Jonas.
These are articles from the German press- the links are provided should you wish to read them:
The German text from the above article is roughly translated as follows: "Its 16:35 on a Friday afternoon and I am stuck in a traffic jam on the way home. The radio is playing warm and quiet guitar music. I am tired from a long weary week and I lean my head back and shut my eyes. The quiet music lets the evening waves on the beach lap over my soul. The sun throws its last friendly evening rays over me and I think back to my childhood. Many experiences and feelings run though me. My pulse quickens and there she is again; my first love and the shelter I found between the huge rocks. From far out to sea comes, on a soft wind, a misty intimate voice. And then theres the sound of the car horn and I am rudely woken up. If you want to know how my dream carried on then order the new CD from Steve Westaway; here's the link to his homepage: www.steve-westaway.com"
Wolfgang Rumpf : North West Radio (Germany) : May 2005
(on the album The Mirror and the Bridge) Rough translation: Today we have Steve Westaway and his new album "The Mirror and the Bridge". Steve Westaway comes originally from Bristol in the UK but has lived for many years in Worpswede and gives concerts in the Northwest of Germany on a regular basis. His songs seem unassuming but sound intensive on CD and are persuasive and really work. Simple music without big effects or extreme guitar licks is to be found on this CD - acoustic folk/blues from the northwest with British roots.
His new album is reminiscent of John Mayall with a pinch of Eric Clapton and a little Tim Hardin or Paul Brady. Even though Steve Westaway prefers the pure acoustic guitar sound and playing club concerts, on this album he is supported by various musicians (e.g. Peter Apel on electric guitar) and a few fine string players and also a touch of percussion.
You might like to explore some of the other sites featuring Steve: