Acapela welcomes back Steve Harley after 3 sell out nights in 2023.
50 YEARS A REBEL!”
Since the first Cockney Rebel performances in 1972, for Steve Harley, life on the road is more than just a job: it is almost his life’s blood.
And with the all-acoustic CD, “UNCOVERED”, the original Cockney Rebel shows no sign of slowing down.
The thrill of another night in another place to another audience has not dimmed at all.
“We have real adventures on tour,” says Steve. “I’ve seen the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun and dozens of wonderful galleries, museums and great cities, all on my down-time. I have a great life as a Wandering Minstrel!”
“UNCOVERED” includes a re-recording of Steve’s popular song “Love, Compared With You” with a newly composed third verse, plus eleven other songs he’s always wanted to perform. The album features Barry Wickens on violin/viola and acoustic guitar, Oli Hayhurst on double bass, Tom Hooper on percussion and the Roots Music Legend, Martin Simpson, on guitar. Steve also sings a duet with the amazing Scottish singer, Eddi Reader.
The acoustic sets for 2023 will include songs from the new CD, plus a selection from the vast and eclectic Harley Songbook. Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Mr Raffles, Sebastian and the legendary Make Me Smile will all be re-produced in the unique acoustic style.
Close-Up Culture stated: “It was an intimate night in the presence of a great musician. An individual whose passion for live performance and perfection (it shows in his face) remains undiminished.”.
Rod Stewart, who covered Steve’s song “A Friend For Life”, describes him as “One of the finest lyricists Britain has produced.”
MOJO said simply, “Harley creates rock songs that are proud, lyrical and full of yearning.” Steve has also been described as “A consummate performer at the top of his game,” and this show will bear that out.
Steve received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Acoustic Music from the Acoustic Festival of Britain in 2018. And he is the recipient of a Gold Badge of Merit from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.