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A. FULL NAME:
Stephen Martin Walwyn
B. DATE &
PLACE OF BIRTH:
8th June 1956, Southam, Warwickshire, England
C. WHAT ARE
Cycling, Cricket, Photography, Woodworking.
FOOD & DRINK(S):
A good hot Curry. Drink - Pint of Good English Bitter, Spanish Red Wine or Margaritas.
F. WHAT IS
YOUR WORST FEAR OR PHOBIA?
G. WHAT MAKES
Lots of things make me happy - England winning at cricket more than most!
H. WHAT MAKES
A good joke, Fawlty Towers, Monty Python, Tommy Cooper, P.G. Wodehouse among others.
I. WHAT MAKES
YOU SAD OR ANGRY?
Seeing innocent people, especially children, being killed or injured or hungry/thirsty due to war, terrorism, famine etc.
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1. WHAT HAVE
YOU DONE (JOB/MUSIC) BEFORE BECOMING A "FEELGOOD"?
Worked for Civil Service (Computers and Civil Engineering) after leaving school. First band "Hands Off" formed at school. Joined rock band "Chevy" in 1978 and turned professional. Joined R'n'B band "The DT's" in 1982, played with the late Steve Marriott (ex Small Faces, Humble Pie) from 1987 until joining Dr Feelgood in 1989.
2. WHEN DID YOU JOIN DR FEELGOOD?
Joined Dr Feelgood late Spring 1989. One of my first gigs was at London Town and Country Club - was recorded and became the album "Live in London". The gig was also filmed for TV.
3a. WHY DID
YOU JOIN DR FEELGOOD AND NOT ANOTHER BAND?
I was asked if I was interested in joining Dr Feelgood. I had liked the band since their first album, and had become friends through playing with them on the same bill (with the DT's/Steve Marriott). How could I refuse?!?!
3b. IF YOU
COULD TURN TIME BACKWARDS WOULD YOU DO THE SAME?
4. ANY SPECIAL
EXPERIENCE OR MEMORIES FROM THOSE DAYS WHICH YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH
Refering back to the gig at London's Town and Country Club (see question 2). This was my 2nd or maybe 3rd gig with Dr Feelgood, so I was really still finding my feet with the band. Can you imagine how I felt when I arrived at the Town and Country Club that night to find out that (a) the gig was being filmed for TV and (b) it was going to be recorded also? Needless to say, I was pretty nervous (so was Lee!). I think if you listen to the record you can hear a lot of positive, nervous energy in the way the band played that night. By the way, it was a great gig!
5. WHAT DO
YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT BEING PART OF DR FEELGOOD?
Many things. I enjoy the company and cameraderie within the band itself, and I think we are very lucky to have the chance to visit so many places and meet so many people on the road; I have made a lot of friends through playing with the band over the years.
7. WHAT HAVE
YOU DONE WHEN DR FEELGOOD STOPPED AFTER LEE'S DEATH?
When Dr Feelgood stopped during Lee's illness, I played for a short time with Eddie and The Hot Rods. Then I joined The Roger Chapman Band for a few months, playing in Austria, Germany and Switzerland before joining The Big Town Playboys until Dr Feelgood reformed.
(Note by Gabi: The Big Town Playboys played some of Steve's songs at gigs, including a great version of "Sweet Louise", in a different style as Dr Feelgood, of course.)
8. IN WHICH
OTHER BAND(S) HAVE YOU PLAYED, OR ARE YOU PLAYING NOW?
Hands Off (from school), Chevy, The DT's, Steve Marriott Band, Eddie and The Hot Rods, Roger Chapman, Big Town Playboys. Apart from Dr Feelgood, I play occasional gigs ("The GB's") with Craig Rhind (bass) and Chas Chaplin (drums) - (from the DT's, now with UK band The Razors). I have recently played in Spain for two weeks with Craig and Chas, as The Steve Walwyn Band.
(Note by Gabi: Steve and Craig also played in "The Rogues". - Craig Rhind was in Dr Feelgood when Dave Bronze had to fulfill a commitment to Procul Harum in 1992.)
9. ON WHICH
OTHER RECORDS OR TAPES HAVE YOU PLAYED? (excluding Dr Feelgood ones)
Albums: Chevy: "The Taker" - The DT's: "The DT's" and "Shakin' and Stirred", Live at the JB's, Dudley, England - Steve Marriott: "30 Seconds to Midnite" - Big Town Playboys: "Hip Joint".
Many other sessions over the years, too numerous to mention here (can't remember some of them!).
(Note by Gabi: If I'm not wrong, Steve also recorded another album with THE DT'S in 1983, "Messing with the Blues". A kind of promo tape exists from 1994 called "Kelly's Heroes" with THE GB's, THE ROGUES and The Razors.)
10. WHAT INSPIRED
YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN, AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE INSTRUMENT YOU PLAY?
I always liked music, but it was not until I was about 17 years old that I thought about learning to play the guitar. I was inspired by many artists and records, but my main influence at that time were Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Marriott, Peter Green and other (mainly blues) guitar players.
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11. ARE THERE
ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT(S) YOU ARE REASONABLY ABLE AT PLAYING?
Slide Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Piano (very badly). I also own a mandolin which I attempt to extract a tune from occasionaly.
(Note by Gabi: Steve forgets to mention he also is not bad in singing!)
KIND(S) OF MUSIC/BANDS DO YOU ENJOY LISTENING TO? (Favourite bands/musicians,
I like many styles of music, from classical to country, rock and roll, cajun, some jazz, and some folk music. But above all I love blues - some examples - Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson etc.
Favourite albums - too many to mention.
ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DR FEELGOOD TRACKS AND WHY?
Favourite Dr Feelgood tracks - difficult to answer this one! Some of them are: She Does It Right, I Can Tell, Down At The Doctors, Instinct To Survive, One Step Forward - I could list many more, and I like them for different reasons!
KIND(S) OF MUSIC DON'T YOU LIKE?
Generally I don't like music which is not played by real musicians!
ARE YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE DR FEELGOOD TRACKS, WHY?
I like some Feelgood tracks more than others obviously, but I can't say that I dislike any of them.
14. WHAT ARE
YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?
Future plans? To continue trying to make Dr Feelgood more successfull!
15. WHAT ARE
YOUR WISHES FOR THE FUTURE MUSIC WISE?
To keep live music alive and kicking!!!
16. WHAT ARE
YOUR PERSONAL WISHES?
Personal wishes - to be happy and healthy and to continue writing songs, and to keep improving as a musician.
17. IF YOU
COULD SETTLE DOWN SOMEWHERE ELSE, WHICH COUNTRY OR TOWN WOULD YOU LIKE
TO LIVE AND WHY?
I am very happy where I am in England (Note by Gabi: Warwickshire), although perhaps I wouldn't mind living somewhere with a warmer climate!
18. WHAT IS
YOUR FAVOURITE COUNTRY FOR TOURING/GIGGING AND WHY?
I don't really have any preferences regarding most or least favourite countries for touring or gigging. In my experience it is possible to have good and not so good gigs or tours anywhere.
19. WHAT IS
YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE COUNTRY FOR TOURING/GIGGING AND WHY?
See answer to no.18.
20. WHAT MAKES
SOME GIGS MORE ENJOYABLE THAN OTHERS?
Difficult to answer this question! For example, I have had really enjoyable gigs playing to, say, 100 people; and also less enjoyable gigs playing to 5000 people. A good gig for me is seeing the audience happy however many they are.
21. HAVE YOU
EVER BEEN BORED FROM BEING ASKED TO PLAY A SONG AGAIN AND AGAIN? WHICH
22. WHAT SPECIAL
QUALITY DOES DR FEELGOOD HAVE WHICH OTHER BANDS LACK?
Not for me to say, but I would like to think that Dr Feelgood always gives 100 per cent - something that I learned from Lee Brilleaux.
23. WHAT WOULD
Y O U LIKE TO BE MOST REMEMBERED FOR?
Musically as a fair guitar player, not a bad songwriter maybe! Personally as a good father to my children....
24. LIST YOUR
STAGE EQUIPMENT (INSTRUMENT(S)/AMPS ETC):
Two Fender Bassman amplifiers. Stage Guitars: 1966 Fender Telecaster (The Plank), Squire Fender Telecaster 1991, ESP Stratocaster for Slide. I also own various other guitars which I use from time to time.
25. HAVE YOU
ANYTHING TO SAY TO YOUR FANS?
Thank you very much for your interest and support over the years - please keep coming to see us!
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