I do music and performance and stuff

Hello. I am Steve Pretty. This is my website, on which I attempt to explain my confusing 'career' to you. I do mostly performance,  music composition, arranging and production, and sometimes photography and writing.

If you're confused, think how I feel.

Brian and Robin's Compendium of Reason 2016

As usual I had the pleasure of MDing Robin Ince and Brian Cox's annual bash to celebrate reason again this year (and there has not been too much of that around this year). These shows are always an absolute treat, albeit an occasionally stressful and always enjoyably chaotic one, and once again the Hammersmith Apollo was packed to the rafters to listen to a night of science, comedy and music.

This year I thought it'd be fun to bring Hackney Colliery Band along, and we performed two of our own tunes (Reawake and Jump Then Run, both from Sharpener, since you asked), and also played Nothing Compares 2 U with the excellent and lovely Sophie Ellis Bextor, in tribute to Prince.

Hackney Colliery Band with Sophie Ellis Bextor at Brian and Robin's Compendium of Reason, Hammersmith Apollo, December 2016

We were joined for all this by Jack Liebeck and his quartet. It was such a treat writing for strings, and a particular treat to hear HCB material with added strings. Really hope we can do that again soon. 

2017 is already on sale, and rumours of line ups are already swirling around... This year we had Duran Duran, Chris Hadfield and more. What a blast.