From Arbroath in Scotland's eastern lowlands, Steve has been immersed in traditional music since early childhood, and continues to write and arrange songs in his native dialect. Now in his late twenties, he is becoming one of Scotland's most sought after accompanists, especially for traditional song.
Best known as founder member of innovative Scots folksong group Malinky, he also works with Scots songstress Emily Smith (2002 Young Tradional Musician of the Year), and is a member of 'stellar piper' Fred Morrison's new band. A graduate of Edinburgh University's School of Scottish Studies, Steve was a finalist in 2001's inaugural 'Young Traditional Musician of the Year' competition.
His recording credits include four volumes of the acclaimed 'Complete Songs of Robert Burns' series as both featured singer and accompanist, as well as solo albums by Scots singers Jim Malcolm and John Morran - and of course three Malinky albums. He has appeared in Dr Fred Freeman's live shows of the 'Burns' series and the Hamish Henderson tribute 'A the Bairns o' Adam', and is working on Dr Freeman's new project of the songs of Robert Tannahill. He is also a part-time traditional arts officer for the City of Edinburgh Council, overseeing the city's 'Ceilidh Culture' festival each spring.