A couple of reviews from the December 2021 shows,
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel- what a relief to be out on the road again!
Such a pleasure to have had the opportunity to perform on the recording, ‘Live from Lafayette’ by award-winning British vocalist & songwriter, RUMER who’s released her first ever live album on September 17th, 2021.
Recordings are from the live stream concert, filmed at London’s Lafayette in October 2020. I’m on violin, mandolin, guitar, and Dobro, accompanying RUMER’s stunning singing.
‘Live from Lafayette’ follows the success of her 2020 studio album, ‘Nashville Tears’. The album reached #17 in the UK Album Charts and #1 in both the Country and Americana charts.
Songs featured are from Nashville Tears and selections from her much esteemed catalogue, now fully remastered for digital, CD and vinyl release.
Check out the link:
Barry will be appearing in the full band line-up with singer, Rumer for a Live-Stream Concert from Lafayette in London on 17 October 2020. Playing violin, mandolin, dobro and guitar to the latest album release of Hugh Prestwood songs called "Nashville Tears" including songs from her fine back catalogue.
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Finn Bjelke in Norway is now with Bauer Media on Radio Vinyl. He has a new IP-station show called "Bjelke's Jukebox". Describing my solo album "Where Birdsong Meets Aeroplane" clearly enjoys it saying "...a brilliant piece of work! A mix of all things I love about music. I will put three or four tracks on rotation on my new radio station. Really different....."
I'll take that....thank you very much Finn! https://radioplay.no/vinyl-bjelkes-jukebox/
"Uncovered" Steve Harley 2020 studio album release reviews this March “It’s A Thing Of Great Beauty” – Record Collector review- Read it here
“An Unqualified Success” – Fireworks review -Read it here
Wednesday 26th February 2020 - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel on ITV This Morning to play hit song, "Make Me Smile", (Come up and see me).
It's been 45 years since the no.1 slot in the charts!
Steve Harley Acoustic Band - looking forward to playing within the Harley line-up with fantastic musicians David Delarre-guitar, Oli Hayhurst double bass and occasionally Tom Hooper on percussion with whom Oli appeared on the "Uncovered" recording. The viola has been getting a good airing on this material and I'm enjoying it's gutsy sound! Tour dates begin 21 February at Harrogate Theatre Royal.
Lesley-Ann Jones - Review - Bestselling Author, Journalist, Broadcaster has posted this wonderful review of "Where Birdsong Meets Aeroplane" on her blog of March 15 , 2019.
How many instruments can Barry Wickens play? How many line-ups has he played them in? He’ll shrug that off with his ravishing grin. Oh, Barry. He so personifies modesty, I’ve wanted to strangle him for it at times. I hold back. When I first danced to his fiddle, back in the Eighties, he was gilding an average white band called Short Stories, lifting blunt instrumentalism and so-what songs with his hovering, insane violin. Via assignments with John Martyn, Thrashing Doves and Howard Jones, he ducked in and out of Immaculate Fools before joining the Cockney Rebel cause. He has played guitar, violin and mandolin and sung BVs for our Steve ever since.
‘Virtuoso’ seems too inadequate a word for his breathtaking talent. Call me biased. We’ve been friends a long time. Feast your ears on his music anyway. Experience his brilliance on the road right now, as part of Steve Harley’s acoustic trio, through to December. Buy his debut solo album from his label Observation Records, ‘Where Birdsong Meets Aeroplane’.
What kind of a title is that? A magically musical one. It’s a message. And I think that it’s this: that a blackbird’s song at dead of night rings clear over the roar of a 747; that the smallest voice has the most enduring resonance. All we have to do is hear. This music is contemplative, stealthy and shimmeringly sublime. You’ll never play it when your friends come for dinner. You’ll flick the satnav off and drive the long way round. You’ll park further away and you will sit outside, willing it not to end. You will indulge in this album again and again. You will have learned how to listen.
A Barry Wickens Solo Album for the Autumn of 2018 has gone into manufacture at the start of October.The release date has yet to be announced.
The violin and viola are members of the alternative rock medium I work in and where acoustic instruments meet electronica, nature meets technological, my worlds collide and marry. With musical contributions from Stuart Elliott (drums), James Lascelles (harmonium), Brian Betts (electric guitar), all vocals and other instruments played by me.This is my first solo album! Coming Soon! If you would like to pre-order your copy of CD, please register your interest and contact via this website and you will be contacted once the product is ready for release.
Steve Harley Acoustic Trio Tour UK Spring 2019 with Barry Wickens & James Lascelles
Sat 16 Feb – Holborn Pizza Express
Sun 17 Feb – Holborn Pizza Express
Mon 18 Feb – Stafford, New Vic
Thurs 21 Feb - Stockton ARC
Fri 22 Feb - Whitley Bay Playhouse
Sat 23 Feb - Leeds City Varieties
Sun 24 Feb - Pocklington Arts Centre
Thurs 28 Feb - Milton Keynes Stables
Fri 1 March – Nottingham Lowdham
Sat 2 March - Liverpool Epstein
Sun 3 March - Salford Lowry
Thurs 7 March - Basingstoke Haymarket
Fri 8 March - Harpenden Public Halls
Sat 9 March - Corby Cube
Sun 10 March – Great Torrington, Plough Arts Centre
Thurs 14 March - Bury St Edmunds Apex
Fri 15 March - Herne Bay Kings Hall
Sat 16 March - Dartford Mick Jagger Centre
Weds 27 March - Worthing Pier Pavilion
Thurs 28 March - Exeter Phoenix
Fri 29 March - Worcester Huntingdon Hall
Sat 30 March - Morecambe Platform
Thu 4 April – Lytham St Anne’s Lowther
Fri 5 April – Hull Minster
Sat 6 April – Greenock Albany
Sun 7 April – Greenock Albany
Thurs 11 April – Holborn Pizza Express
Fri 12 April – Holborn Pizza Express
Sat 13 April -Holborn Pizza Express
Fri 19 – Cardiff Acapela Studio
Sat 20- Cardiff Acapela Studio
Sat 27 - Isle of Wight Shanklin Theatre
5 Star review of Steve Harley Acoustic Trio - https://closeupculture.com/2018/05/10/steve-harley-acoustic-trio-triple-smiles-all-round/
February Cancellations now rescheduled for later in 2018
Cancellation of February Shows.
Steve Harley has been forced to cancel five sold out concerts as he has sustained a broken hip.
Refunds are available for ticket holders for the cancelled shows and customers should return to their point of purchase.
My first album recording (me the guy crossed legged on the floor, aged 18yrs. old ) with Steamboat Bluegrass Band from 1974. It appears people are trying to sell this vinyl LP on the internet - good luck!
I'm so lucky music and friendship brings me back to playing with these guys at a poignant event, Jo Cox's memoir, a street party in her home neighbourhood by the River Thames.
"The Great Get Together" are street parties country wide initiated by Brendan Cox, her husband, one year on after her murder. Long may these events continue in Jo's memory!
“As she said in her maiden speech in parliament – we have far more in common than that which divides us.
“Jo wanted a chance to bring our communities together to celebrate what unites us.”
Hermitage Riverside Memorial Garden, which is right by the Thames, off Wapping High Street, not far from St Katherine Docks, from 2pm.
Two spectacular events this 2017 include Glastonbury Festival, Saturday 24 June
.....and 17 November Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel along with Madness in Minehead Butlins music weekend
Creative Arts, including music as an industry, brings in around £8.5 billion GDP. I experience the value of music on a daily basis and see how it impacts on young people in education, creatively and developmentally in individual's life and social skills, health and well-being. We cannot guess jobs of the future but many will require the skills of invention and creativity. I'm lucky to still be exploring music, I don't stop learning but for our children please join in this campaign headed by the Incorporated Society of Musicians to keep a broad based curriculum in our schools.
The Government supports our creative industries, but we need their support for our creative subjects; please #BaccDown: http://bit.ly/1B7lRLW
Barry is featured artist on violin of forthcoming recording by Guido Dossche titled, "Tote Freunde".
Title track 5 of new record due for official release
28 October 2016.
November 2016 3-man acoustic tour dates announced Steve Harley with James Lascelles & Barry Wickens.
Go to "Live Dates" for listings and details.
Rock for Ronson Concert - latest announcement:
Earl Slick (David Bowie) with Lisa Ronson (Mick's daughter), Paul Cuddeford, Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), MonaLisa Twins and All For One Choir of Yorkshire will appear with Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel. City Hall Hull 23 April 2016
I'm very pleased to announce joining the Protection Racket family as an endorsing artist. These lovely people in Cornwall make musicians lives more stress free! I've been using their cases for years and are simply the best robust yet lightweight guitar gigbags and drum cases holdalls etc.
WOGAN, Radio 2 Sunday December 7th 2015 from 11am - Harley in conversation plus an acoustic set. Richard Madeley sits in for Sir Terry' and MonaLisa Twins additional musicians.
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2015 The Best Years of Our Lives - November tour dates announced - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
5 September 2015
Prostate Cancer UK Charity gig
The Faces get together onstage:
Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood and Kenney Jones.
Saturday 13 June on stage with Steve Harley at Kenny Jones's "Rock 'n' Horsepower" Festival, Barry along with Jim Cregan and the house band are performing at approx. 19.30.
5 March 2015
Steve, Barry & James appear live playing on BBC "The One Show" Here with the presenters and Paul Whitehouse.