“Mistakes will happen… I love that”
grills & guitars, our summer of free live outdoor music returns this Friday, with ex-Arena frontman Robert Sowden kicking us off. The week after, on Friday 12 July, the Steph Richardson Duo return after playing here last summer, as well as at our maltings at 50 celebrations earlier this year. We asked the eponymous Steph a few questions ahead of the gig…
What can we expect from a Steph Richardson Duo gig?
Expect a laid-back, amusing, bittersweet evening of songs and lyrics that you can get your ears into. As a bass/voice duo, each song is stripped back in a way that makes you appreciate the core bits: bass line and melody.
We’ll perform some original songs with the ukulele (but don’t be put off, that’s only a small percentage of the show) and some covers and lesser known songs from pop/jazz/soul genres mainly.
Why do you love performing music?
It sounds twee, but I love a good story and not only are a lot of the songs we perform written by amazing people, but they all have layers of humour and humanity. Performing live also means that mistakes will happen, and I love that. You get to laugh at yourself.
Who are your biggest heroes or influences?
Influences: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Esperanza Spalding
Just plain awesome: Prince, Etta James, Gregory Porter, Kermit the Frog
What is your favourite song to perform?
Hey Laura by Gregory Porter. Love its vulnerability. Out of my own songs, I enjoy performing My List of You or Hairy Legs… they’re either met with wry smiles or utter disgust.
If you could pick one act, living or dead, to join you on stage for a song, who would it be (and what would you perform together)?
Animal (of Electric Mayhem) – Fever.
You can see Steph sing as part of the Steph Richardson Duo on Friday 12 July. The performance is free, with admittance on a first-come-first-served basis. You can order a delicious meal off the barbecue for £9 (if booked by noon the day before). Click here to book.