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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Brian and Robin's Compendium of Reason 2017

Another year, another amazing December gig at the Hammersmith Apollo. Thanks to these gigs, I am now on first name terms with at least one astronaut, and have played my own weird brand of melodic electro jazz freakery (or something) to 4500 unsuspecting science and comedy fans on a yearly basis.

This year, I brought the full HCB along again, and we closed the show with a rendition of No Stars  from Twin Peaks then Murder on the Dancefloor with the absolutely lovely Sophie Ellis Bextor. I thought it'd be fun to march out through the crowd, so that's what we did...

Here's a video of the last bit; spot the cameos by some of the world's leading scientists and comedians.

Peter Buckley-Hill recordings

In April and December 2017 I had fun producing the audio for the legendary Peter Buckley-Hill's show recordings. In a mammoth act of endurance for a man who hasn't been well, he performed both his song show (featuring all of the songs he's written over his many years as a stand up), and his all-haiku show on the same night, back in April 2017. Then in December, he performed his two act, completely bonkers but brilliant show entirely based around the song My Old Man's A Dustman.

PBH is a true original, and of course hero (and I guess to some, occasional villain, but that is not my experience, and not relevant to his status as a pioneer and legend) of the Edinburgh fringe, having started the PBH Free Fringe, which changed the landscape of the entire festival. It was a pleasure working with him, and looking forward to doing so again in March 2018, when we record his 70th birthday show, again at the Bloomsbury Theatre.

Meanwhile, here is the song show in all its mad glory (video editing by Chris Lince).