I’ve been recording videos and posting them on my Facebook page every Thursday during lockdown. Very low-tech, using an effects pedal, loop station and my phone. Mainly my own stuff, but also covers of Beefheart, Soft Machine, Caravan and Ken Dodd! They’re now up on YouTube – look up “Steve Kettley entertains at home”. Here’s #5 – my version of a Henry Cow tune.
I’m currently in the throes of recording two new CDs, with Savourna Stevenson and Orange Claw Hammer. Occasional single trips to the studio, rather than a concentrated block. With any luck they should both be available in the Spring of 2020.
I now have some recordings available for download on iTunes and other sites:
Steve Kettley – “The Phoenix”A three movement suite recorded for Vision Mechanics in 2010. Featuring myself on soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, flute, jaw harp, melodica, conch shell and a vast array of percussion, including frying pan, colander, wok lids, gongs & drums.
Dmytro Morykit – “Summer Snow” Four duets from this wonderful pianist, featuring myself on tenor & soprano saxophones, recorded 2014.
Ron Shaw – “Runes”Two compositions by my old friend from the Cauld Blast Orchestra, Ron Shaw. Stirring cello with double tracked tenor & soprano saxophones, recorded 2014.
All these on sale for very small amounts of money!
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Stewart Hanratty died today, Monday 3rd June 2013, in Penicuik, after a brave battle with cancer. Also our mutual friend and fellow musician, Rob Morsberger, died at home on Sunday 2nd June 2013, in the Hudson Valley, north of New York City, after his own fight with cancer. Much loved by all their friends and family, we will miss them so much. Goodbye my old friends, lots of love.
On the afternoon of Sunday 3rd March 2013 a group of us organised a concert for singer, songwriter and guitarist Stewart Hanratty, who is seriously ill with cancer. The Jazz Bar in Edinburgh was packed out, and 12 acts performed for their friend Stewart. This is a short film which captures the joy of the occasion, and the spirit of the man himself. Thanks to Gerald Lohan for the filming and editing.
My old friend Stewart Hanratty is gravely ill with cancer. We put on a gig for him on Sunday 3 March at the Jazz Bar, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, featuring John Sampson; Freddie King & Lachlan McColl; Lorna Brooks; Dave Anderson, Sarah McCardie & John McGlynn; Martin Morrey; Mary May, Ray Leonard & Phil Craig; Terminal Bliss; Elaine C. Smith & Robert Pettigrew; Odd Times; Christine Kydd; the Kings of Cheeze and the Great Shakes Allstars. The centrepiece was a set of three of Stewart’s songs, beautifully arranged by pianist Robert Pettigrew. The band for these consisted of Freddie King (vocal), Robert Pettigrew (piano & vocal), John Sampson (trumpet), Steve Kettley (tenor sax), Duncan Black (accordion), Allan Knox (double bass) and Rick Bamford (drums). The venue was packed with Stewart’s friends and family. The man himself had a great time, and got up to dance to the salsa sounds at the interval, and to his own tune as played by the Great Shakes Allstars at the end. A great day for a great man, musician and friend.