Steve Lockwood performs on harmonica

Published: 17 September 2009 at 13:11

Former Anglia Ruskin University student returns to East Road to perform after making his mark in film, television and radio

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Steve Lockwood and Friends will open the brand new series of Lunchtime Concerts from Anglia Ruskin University on 25 September at 1.10 at the Mumford Theatre, Cambridge. The free of charge Friday lunchtime weekly concerts are a part of the new autumn programme from the Department of Music and Performing Arts spanning from now until December.

Cambridge-phenomenon Steve Lockwood has produced over 60 albums over the last 20 years. He is a performer (frontman and harmonica), a session musician and also producer who has played with acts from Larry Adler to Screaming Lord Sutch, and has recorded albums with both the Royal Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras.

No stranger to Anglia Ruskin University, he achieved a degree in music there, specialising in harmonica and as well as playing with a variety of bands has gone on to compose and play music for film, television and radio.

His dynamic and versatile playing incorporates both traditional and avant-Garde techniques to an inspired level. He is currently singing and playing with a variety of bands that include Irish Folk Rock originators Loudest Whisper (ex Donovan), Hip Hop/Drum & Bass industrialist BbyB and appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival with international folk and blues guitarists Eric Roche and Chris Newman. He has toured around the world with many bands working independently as a producer and session player and is currently working with six different acts as well as on his studio based session commitments.

Steve Lockwood is also working on production for a new self composed album, he gigs both in the UK and abroad.

Musical influences include the range of popular music's from the last 100 years from early blues and jazz up through soul and funk into today's array of dance, pop and rock music.

Steve Lockwood has appeared on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, and Channel 4 and has played on countless international TV stations as part of his tours as well as being featured in two separate Reuters stories based on his study and playing of the harmonica.

Radio appearances include BBC R1, BBC R2, BBC R4 and he performed a live satellite broadcast in Scotland for the football in Rome, Italy on Radio 5 Live. Countless other live radio appearances around the world include CBC Canada, ABC Australia as well as many interviews in Ireland, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Denmark amongst many others.

Series Director Alan Rochford communicates the excitement felt at the start of this new programme of lunchtime concerts:

“This season we are very fortunate to be featuring some of the most supremely talented musicians from the UK covering an incredibly diverse range of musical styles. The mix will include classical, opera, rock, blues, salsa and Afro-Cuban jazz.”

“We have catered for every taste to make sure the programme includes something for everyone. These bite-sized Friday lunchtime concerts are free to all and will make for the perfect intro to any weekend.”

For full details of the Lunchtime Concert series please visit www.anglia.ac.uk/mpaevents or contact Festival Director Alan Rochford, alan.rochford@anglia.ac.uk . Admission is FREE to all performances.