Steve Crump

Steve’s music has been praised for being: “.. beautiful and sensitive music ..” [Jamieson Shaw, Senior musical editor for Netflix’s The Get Down]; having “.. a richly accessible sense of melody..” [Sean Lowry, internationally-recognised electro-rock band Def FX]; “Stunningly beautiful music…” [Andre de Quadros, Professor, Boston University School of Music]; and “Just a beautiful album” [Neil Rogers, 3RRR, summing it all up after playing tracks from “Midnight Rain”]. Steve Crump began playing piano when he was 3 years old, coming home from watching his older sisters learn ballet and tapping out some bits of the ballet tunes on a toy 1 octave red grand piano - a ‘party trick’ he still revels in.

On and off over the years, Steve put to tape about 90 songs, tunes and melodies. Musical adventures started to build on each other including being invited out of the rain in NYC by the barman of “The Bitter End” and being allowed on stage to play the piano where so many greats have performed. Through a chance meeting at the Darwin Festival, Balang (Tom E Lewis) invited Steve to come to Katherine and spend time at the Djilpin Art Gallery there and at Wugullarr just inside Arnhem Land. Four of the songs on “Midnight Rain” derive from those experiences, extended on "Trespass" released May 2019. Recorded on a beautiful grand piano (and Røde NTR mics) and expressing the calm, joy and reinvigoration of living in Tasmania, this CD explores on piano a wide range of emotional and affirming experiences over the last year or two following up on the warm reception to Steve’s earlier CD, “Midnight Rain” stocked by both Red Eye Records in Sydney and Rock Steady in Melbourne and played on community radio right around Australia. On “Trespass”, Steve’s musical moods shift between the joy of hearing bellbirds full of song on a wet and misty morning (Bellbirds and Rain), to a plea for relief from the maelstrom life often becomes (Be Still the Night / iPhone Blues), to the ups and downs of relationships (Thinking of You, Hurt, Wedding Song, The Long Way, Night Dance, Liefde), to the fragile beauty of sunset on the Tarkine / takayna coast in North-west Tasmania (dedicated to Bob Brown and the tarkinaraa).

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