Honey Bee Blues Club

STEVE WICKHAM AND JOE CHESTER

Steve Wickham became a member of The Waterboys in 1985 shortly after playing on their seminal album “This is The Sea”. He continues to tour and record with Mike Scott and The Waterboys

Writing songs and music has always been part of his musical life. He continues to explore new musical territory composing for Film and Theatre and other eclectic projects, such as a crossover suite of music with Sligo Baroque Orchestra and Congolese soukous band ‘Tropicana Musica’.

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Steve Wickham has recorded and performed with U2, Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, Bob Dylan, Sharon Shannon and many other artists in the worlds of rock and traditional folk music.

He made his recording debut with U2 in 1982 on their break through album, War, playing on “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Drowning Man”.

(Image: Steve with Bob Dylan, Bono and Leslie Dowdall, Greg Sutton and Colin Allen, Slane 1984 )

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Steve also writes and records with world music group NoCrows. The ‘Crows’ have released six albums to date and continue to tour extensively.

Steve Wickham has composed scores for both film and theatre.

He composed the score for Tom Mc Intyre’s plays ‘The Midnight Court’ and ‘Caoineadh Airt O’ Laoghaire’, both performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He also collaborated with Michael Harding on his plays ‘Bog Dances’ and ‘Sleeping a Lovesong’.

Steve scored the film ‘Witness to the Future’ (2016), and the documentary ‘Prisoners of the Moon’, both directed by Johnny Grogan.

 

Joe Chester’s albums have been written about in the books 101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, by Tony Clayton-Lea and Buried Treasure by Dan Hegarty and featured recently in The Sunday Times list of the best Irish albums of all time – “Chester’s debut solo album is a perfect pop record. The songs are at once effortless, memorable, hook-laden and a masterclass in subtle dynamics.”

His fifth album, The Easter Vigil, meanwhile, was named 2017 Irish Album of the Year by The Sun who described it as, “A tonic for these times, a triumph of substance over style.”

Photo by Julie Bienvenu

Photo by Julie Bienvenu

Jupiter’s Wife, his sixth studio album ( a double album, partly recorded at the legendary Sun Studio, Memphis, Tennessee) was named “One of the greatest Irish albums of the decade,” and voted Best Irish Album of 2020 by the Irish Daily Mirror.

In 2021 he scored a worldwide Number 1 on the Bandcamp Contemporary Classical chart with “Carolan/Cage,” an EP of guitar transcriptions of works by the Irish composer Turlough O’Carolan and the American composer John Cage.

He has been nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, the Meteor Irish Music Awards for Best Male Artist and for Best Album in the RTE Folk Awards (with The Hedge Schools.)

A producer of over 60 albums for other artists, including multi-platinum and Number 1 albums and singles both in Ireland and overseas (including steering Finbar Furey to his first Number 1 in 26 years), he was until recently one half of the critically acclaimed Hedge Schools, has been lead guitarist of The Waterboys, toured extensively with Gemma Hayes, accompanied Sinead O’Connor and performed for Irish president Michael D. Higgins.

He is guitarist and producer of Dublin group a lazarus soul whose 2019 album, “The D They Put Between The R & L” was voted album of the year (and indeed the decade) by numerous end of year polls.

Hotpress Magazine have described Joe Chester as “A legitimate giant of Irish music.”

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