Music: Steve James to play intimate Bute gig

Steve James plays St Paul's Church Hall in Rothesay on Sunday, September 16.
Steve James plays St Paul's Church Hall in Rothesay on Sunday, September 16.

STEVE JAMES is well known in the world of contemporary folk, blues and roots music – having toured internationally and extensively – and will visit Bute on Sunday, September 16, to perform a one-off gig at St Paul’s Church Hall in Rothesay.

One of the world’s foremost blues and roots music performers, Steve was born in New York City in 1950 and had early exposure to blues, folk and jazz through his father who was a record collector and amateur guitarist.

Having taught himself how to play the guitar at age 12, Steve’s main influences included Sam McGee, and he spent the time after he graduated from high school working for guitar maker, Michael Gurian.

Over the years Steve has performed both as a solo artist and as an accompanist, at clubs, concerts and festivals, before embarking on tours of the United States, Europe and Australia.

As a sideman, on stage and in the studio, he’s played with Howard Armstrong, Bo Diddley and Sam the Sham. He’s often been invited to jam onstage with the likes of Hot Tuna, Tommy Emmanuel and Chip ‘Wild Thing’ Taylor, has recorded soundtrack music for film director Richard Linklater.

* Tickets cost £10 and are available from Musicker and Rothesay Post Office – there are only 60 tickets available so don’t delay. You are invited to bring your own refreshments - glasses and nibbles will be provided.