Steve Sparrow

 

STEVE, at the age of 32, has been entertaining audiences professionally, around S.E Queensland, for over ten years now (Solo and as part of Duo’s and Bands) – His extremely large and varied repertoire ensures that all audiences will hear music to suit their tastes (From Folk, Celtic & Country through Ballads & Blues to Rock’n’Roll & Modern Pub Rock including some Comedy & Original material).

Born visually impaired, his love of all types of music has led to his becoming the accomplished Guitarist / Vocalist that he is now. He plays both ACOUSTIC and ELECTRIC Guitars (Rythmn and Lead) also occasional Harmonica, using both Synthesised (or Pre-Recorded) Backing, where appropriate. He receives many comments on the superb quality of his vocals, and excellence of his guitar work. The style of entertainment can be varied from a simple ‘Acoustic’ type of show (suitable for restaurants etc:) to a ‘Full-On-Rock’ type show to keep the wildest ‘Party Goers’ dancing. The quality P.A. equipment is suitable for Small, Large and even Outdoor Venues – and a good ‘Full’ sound is always achieved.

REQUESTS are always welcomed – His repertoire is so extensive and varied that, in most cases, he can probably accommodate around Eight out of Ten requests – or find a similar song to suit. Steve does not stick to any set programmes but is constantly varying the content to suit audience reaction, and venue requirements – this also ensures good variety and that no two shows sound the same.

Steve has played many of the Pubs, Clubs and other venues around S.E Queensland including having had several Long term residencies. He has won many awards – released an album, under contract – undertaken several overseas tours – and performs at many Australian venues, mainly around Brisbane, but also from far north Queensland to far western New South Wales and South to Sydney. He is also recording and producing albums and demo’s for other artists in his own studio.

Tracklisting

Repertoire – A vast range of material, which is varied to suit the audience, and constantly updated, a very small indication follows:-

> ‘Pub Rock’, including artists like:- ‘The Beatles’, ‘The Eagles’, ‘Cold Chisel’, ‘Crowded House’, Billy Joel, ‘Dire Staights’, ‘Creedence Clearwater Revival’, ‘Doors’, ‘AC/DC’, ‘Oasis’, Bruce Springsteen, ‘R.E.M.’, ‘Pink Floyd’, Paul Kelly, Santana, ‘Faith No More’, ‘Goo Goo Dolls’, ‘Red Hot Chilli Peppers’, ‘U2’, ‘Powderfinger’, Jimi Hendrix, Lenny Kravitz, ‘You am I’, Lou Bega, etc:.

> Celtic Material. including traditional type songs, plus modern Irish from artists such as:- Van Morrison, ‘U2’, The Procliamers, ‘The Pogues’, ‘The Dubliners’, ‘The Furey’s’, ‘Barleycorn’, Christy Moore, etc:.

> Folk / Modern Country styles including material from:- Bob Dylan, ‘Red Gum’, Garth Brooks, Cat Stevens, Graeme Connors, Johny Cash, Jimmy Buffet, John Williamson, etc:.

> Blues / Rock’n’roll including material from:- Eric Clapton, B.B. King, ‘Rolling Stones’, Buddy Holly, Elvis, ‘Beatles’, Chuck Berry, Bob Seager, Doc Watson, etc;.

> PLUS Original & some Comedy Material

Reviews & Highlights

Major Local Achievements include:-
> Multiple Major Award winner at country music festivals (1987-1993)
(including ‘Gold Guitar’ in New Zealand.
> Main stage appearances at several Gympie Musters
> Cruise ship entertainer (Cairns 1991/2)

Major International Achievements include:-

> Two tours of New Zealand with well known recording artist Desree Crawford.
> A four week tour of Switzerland (in 1992) performing with international artists.
> A charity tour of the Solomon Islands which raised $20,000 for a handicapped childrens centre to be built in Honiara.

Recording Contracts

> Released album, of mainly original material, as a duo (“The Sparrows”) in 1993.
> Several other, original, tracks released on various compilation albums.

Past & Present Regular bookings

> Regular Entertainer/Lead Guitarist at Lake Cooriobah Holiday Park Resort (Noosa).
> Resident at ‘Dicey Reilly’s’ Irish restaurant. (Cleveland), for approx: 18 months.
> Resident at ‘Gilhooley’s’ Irish restaurant. (Brisbane), for approx: two years.
> Resident at ‘The Britannia Inn’ (Brisbane), for approx: two years.
> Resident at ‘The Shafston Hotel’ (Brisbane), for approx: 12 months.
> Currently performing regularly at various Clubs & Pubs around Brisbane including:- ‘Crusher’s Leagues’, ‘Nerang Fair Tavern’, ‘Hogan’s Wellington Point Hotel’, ‘The Woolshed’, ‘Wynnum RSL’, ‘O’Malley’s’ (Gold Coast), ‘Dooley’s’ etc:.
> Frequently booked for private functions (weddings, parties etc:).
> Has worked at many other venues, pubs & clubs – as either Solo, Duo or band (from Queensland to Far West NSW).

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