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.

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Hackney Colliery Band live at Koko - FULL SHOW video

HCB played a sold-out show at Koko, London on 26th May 2017. It was a really special evening, and made more poignant as they show took place just days after the devastating Manchester terror attack (see our tribute at 18.30).

We recorded the entire thing for posterity - all 108 minutes of it! We're really happy with how it's come out. What do you think?

Be sure to come to our biggest show yet, at the legendary Kentish Town Forum on 16th February. ROLL UP!

Hackney Colliery Band perform to a sell-out crowd at London's iconic Koko. Performing in the same week as the devastating Manchester terror attacks in 2017, the show has added poignancy with a tribute to victims of terror all over the world, alongside HCB's trademark barnstorming punk/jazz/electro hybrid party music.

Brian and Robin's Christmas Compendium of Reason

I once again MDed for Robin Ince and Brian Cox's two shows at the Hammersmith Apollo, and once again had the privilege of working with some truly amazing people. Quite apart from all the legendary scientists and comedians on the bill (think Sophie Scott, Andrea Sella, Dara Ó Briain, Sara Pascoe et al), I had the chance to arrange music for, amongst others, Alison Moyet, Charlotte Church and, for the second time, astronaut Chris Hadfield.

It was also my first time arranging for string quartet, as we were joined by concert violinist Jack Liebeck and his colleagues. Slightly intimidating having my first music for string quartet being played by world class players, but it was a real treat, and I now want to add strings to everything.

Oh, and as usual, TV science bloke and physicist Brian Cox was the pianist. 

Thanks as always to Brian and Robin for having me, and to the band for a lot of patience and hard work.