Political Asylum performing
Born in Stirling, Scotland in the late 60s, now living in stunning Arisaig on the west coast, Steve first picked up the guitar at 8 years of age and rarely put it down.

Formed the punk band POLITICAL ASYLUM while still in High School, the band released 3 albums and one EP. They toured Europe in 1987 then Steve left to form rock band SEEING RED with the amazing singer ANGIE COBB TOWNSEND. A few good breaks, including some live TV and playing in London’s iconic Marquee Club, recording in studios previously owned by Jimmy Page and Gus Dudgeon and releasing an album produced by Nirvana/Foo Fighters engineer Ian Beveridge — the band split in 1993.

Wonderland performing

Steve then turned professional and formed the award-winning wedding band WONDERLAND which has been paying the bills ever since. Steve has played over 4,000 gigs.

Wonderland award

In 1994 Steve was playing with Norwegian American singer songwriter FJAERE. They performed a half hour set in the White Room in Abbey Road studios in front of George Martin. This led them to playing in Japan later that year and Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow in 1995.

Moving Pictures performing

Steve plays and manages Rush tribute band MOVING PICTURES and founded an annual Rush fan convention in 2014.

RUSHfest Scotland

RUSHfest Scotland has so far donated over £57,000 to cancer charities.

One of Steve’s lockdown projects was producing TRIBUTES — SONGS FOR NEIL VOL.1. An album of Rush songs played by Rush tribute bands from around the world and dedicated to Rush drummer Neil Peart who tragically passed away in January 2020.

Steve is also a member of the GREAT GLEN SWING BAND playing big band jazz around the Scottish Highlands and festivals such as BELLADRUM.

One of the most important musically creative experiences of Steve’s life was working with ANGIE TOWNSEND on her solo album BUTTERFLY.

Seeing Red performing

Steve and Angie had reunited in 2011 and reformed SEEING RED. Six months later she was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and passed away in January 2016.

Shortly after her diagnosis Steve offered to help Angie with anything she would like to do musically, thinking she may want to record some songs for her daughters and family. In typical Angie style, she decided to write and record a whole album.

Every few weeks she would travel from East Lothian to Steve’s Rivendell studio in Arisaig and they would craft the songs together. Angie would bring the lyrics and vocal melodies — Steve would supply the instruments and produce the recording. The songs are simply stunning.

Steve’s second lockdown album was released under his alter ego BROON. A collection of mandolin and guitar instrumentals COSMIC CEILIDH came out in January 2021 and gained some great reviews. This was album of the week on BBC RADIO NAN GAIDHEAL — the BBC’s Scottish Gaelic station.

Around this same time, January 2021, Steve began studying under Chris Shreenan-Dyck and Michael Elsner — two experts in the field of sync — placing music and songs in TV, film and ads. This is an incredibly exciting and potentially lucrative area for all songwriters. Steve is happy to share his new-found knowledge with his clients.

Steve is co-host for the podcast SERVE THE SONGWRITER.

Discography

Throughout his career Steve has appeared on 22 albums as performer, writer and/or producer.

The latest release COSMIC CEILIDH (kay-lee, Scottish for gathering or party) is an album of mandolin and guitar instrumentals.

Albums Currently in Production

  • RUSHfest Scotland — Songs For Neil Vol.2
  • Greg Markelz (Chicago)

Contact

Get in touch for a no obligation chat. Email or call to arrange a 30 minute session via Zoom or phone.

International/WhatsApp: +44 7949 056378 – UK: 01687 450762steve@broon.net

Steve Brown, Rivendell Studio, Arisaig, PH39 4NJ, Scotland, UK

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