We have performed at several festivals since we began. Mevagissey, Port Isaac, Teign and Bristol as well as organising, and performing, at the
Weston-super-Mare Sea Shanty and Folk Music Festival
Steepholm, from which the band takes it's name is an island in the Bristol Channel visible from the beach at Weston-super-Mare. It is uninhabited and is a bird sanctuary.
As the group musical director and arranger, Nigel is by far the most important person in the group. Without him, we wouldn't have got anywhere, except perhaps for producing a somewhat unorganised dirge. Nigel has been singing in choirs and pub bands since he was 8 years old. He recorded for Radio 3 at the age of 11 and has sung as one of the basses in Bristol Rock Choir - with which he has sung with Russel Watson, G4 and Kiki Dee. He is also a classically trained pianist and oboeist
Dave is another Steepholmers stalwart. Musically skilled, Dave can arrange music for us and provides musical direction in the absence of Nigel. Outside of The Steepholmers, Dave is active in local and national politics, especially in the campaign for the rights of disabled people.
It was Robin who founded the group originally, after hearing shanties sung by characters in an Xbox 360 game called "Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag" and deciding he'd rather like to sing shanties for real. After discovering there wasn't a shanty group in Weston, he decided he'd form one instead, and thus The Steepholmers was born. Robin works from home as a freelance journalist, with all sorts of interests, including military and naval history.
Following a career in education - and having a background in folk music, choral singing and amateur operatics and drama, David is a keen bowler and former Team Manager of Visually Impaired Bowls England. He now volunteers as National Development Officer for VIBE and is also a 'Shoreline Member' of the RNLI and member of Weston Lions. Having not had much of a musical element to his life in the years immediately prior to joining, David eagerly grasped the opportunity to become one of the original members of The Steepholmers and has written some new songs for the group - one entitled, appropriately, Steep Holm.
Jodie has a great soprano voice. She has added a new dimensions to our sound and harmonies. A great assest to the band.
One of our basses with, without doubt, a bit of a sense of humour!
A valuable alto that adds depth to our harmonies
Probably the deepest bass in the band, Thurstan has experience in singing in other bands/choirs
This young alto is not afraid to take on leads and is a talented singer
One of the latest members of the crew to join The Steepholmers
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