Bio

Steve began playing music and writing songs in his teenage years and formed his first band at 15 when living in St Helens, (near Liverpool, UK) 

On returning to Australia he continued to play in bands and write music with other muso’s from the Elizabeth scene, and recorded some early songs with high school days mate and fellow muso Rick Lewis under the watchful eye of well know Adelaide identity Rod Boucher (One man Band). Rod’s daughter Butterfly is now a young up and coming musician in her own right and also currently performs in Missy Higgins’ Band.

Moving to live and undertake graduate studies in Melbourne for a three year period was a rich cultural experience as arguably some of the best live music in Australia was happening in that town at the time. Steve continued writing and playing whilst soaking up the vibrant atmosphere – regularly attending gigs featuring the likes of Paul Kelly, Stephen Cummings, Jo Camilleri and other luminaries, as well as catching many overseas and interstate touring bands. The Espy at St Kilda and The Corner Hotel were favourite haunts and musical manna from heaven.

On returning to Adelaide Steve gained industry recognition with songwriting and performance awards and a “high commendation” from SCALA (Songwriters, Composers and Lyricists Assoc Inc) and was generously offered funding and support from Arts SA’s Contemporary Music Fund/SAMIA to record original material. Since that time he has gone on to release songs both in South Australia and interstate including three CD releases: “Politics of the Heart”, “Captured in moments (Live EP), and “Blue Highways”. A number of Steve's songs have also been released on various compilations including NU Music Australian Sampler (Studio 52 Melbourne), SCALA’s “Someone to greet you”, “Big and Stong”, “Tell the World” and “Different Guises” collections, Radio 5uv’s “South Australian New Music Sampler 3”, Trucker Tracks #4 and most recntly "Living on the Fleurieu" (Featuring 21 songwriters of the Fleurieu).

Particular influences include Van Morrison, Beatles, John Marytn, Bruce Cockburn, Larry Norman, Paul Kelly, the Finn Brothers, Whiskeytown and ”my grandma Ada Richardson-Thomas who always wanted to be a singer but out of necessity ended up washing floors and cleaning instead”… “I’ve had more opportunities than she ever could have had, and for that reason I hope I do her proud in continuing the family tradition with a shared passion and love for music”..

Steve continues to perform regularly mainly across metro and regional SA both as a solo artist and in other collaborations – currently with David Rose (Cello/ Bass) as “The Chines”, Ben Williams (Guitar/Vocals/Keyboard) as “Fleurieu Joe” and most recently with full band line up "The StarDroppers" with Chris Parkinson (Guitars/Banjo), Paul Turner (Percussion), Ricahrd Bennett (Bass).