Steve Wickham


Steve Wickham

Steve Wickham

Steve Wickham was born in Dublin in 1960 and studied violin with Nell Kane at the Royal College of Music in Chatam Row, Dublin. He moved to Sligo from Dublin in 1992.

Steve is perhaps best known for his violin playing with the Waterboys. He has recorded with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Declan O'Rourke, Sharon Shannon, Kila and Sinead O'Connor to name a few. He played the fiddle on U2’s classic ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’. 

Steve also plays guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, concertina, didjeridoo, whistle, kalimba, ocarina, and saw and enjoys arranging for strings.

Steve continues to record and tour extensively with the Waterboys and has appeared on many of their albums including the classic ‘Fisherman’s Blues and 2011’s ‘ An Appointment with Mr Yeats’.

In 1997 and 98/99 was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre to compose music for two Irish language plays by Tom McIntyre; Caoineadh Art O Laoghaire and The Midnight Court. Following on from working with Director/Writer Michael Harding in the Abbey, Steve composed music for for several of Michael Harding’s plays including ‘Sleeping a Lovesong’ and “Bogdances” and Talking Through His Hat. Last year they presented Talking Through his Hat at Electric Picnic Theatre Tent.

They hope to continue their collaboration into the future.

Steve has composed for several film scores including a piece for award winning ‘A Dublin Story‘ directed by Graham Cantwell, ‘’Pokernight’, a Canadian short film and his compositions have appeared in films including Goodwill Hunting, Waking Ned, Lucinda's Spell and Dream With The Fishes and most recently recording some traditional tunes for ‘The Raven’ an American film directed by James McTeigue and due out early 2012.

Steve also writes and records with his own band The NoCrows based in Sligo.

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