Savourna Stevenson and Steve Kettley
Savourna Stevenson and Steve Kettley have performed and recorded together many times in the past and have been enjoying a successful and creative reunion since 2017, performing at festivals and one-off concerts throughout the UK.
A dynamic blend of haunting melodies, pulsating rhythms and stirring improvisations – breaking stylistic barriers while maintaining Scottish roots. Daring and accessible, their music will have you on the edge of your seat. Savourna and Steve have recorded a CD for release in 2022 on the Cooking Vinyl label.
Savourna’s music strongly reflects her Scottish roots, it also reveals her uniquely eclectic and innovative urge to break through stylistic barriers between classical, folk, world music and jazz.
Savourna’s ever- expanding catalogue includes a large body of work for harp, notably her String Quintet (CD: Touch Me Like the Sun) acclaimed for its use on American TV series, “Sex and the City” and “Ugly Betty” and her “Concerto for Pedal Harp” premiered by Catrin Finch with the Scottish Ensemble (2012). The Herald critic found it typical of what he called, ” … the joy of Stevenson’s music from the heart and to the heart, absolutely open and honest in its integrity and expressive qualities … voluptuously romantic, unashamedly gorgeous”.
As well as his duo with clarsach virtuoso Savourna Stevenson, Steve leads several bands playing his own music, such as the long-standing quartet Steve Kettley’s Odd Times (with cello, bass & drums), and is well known as a founder member (1995 – 2013) of the international touring and recording group Salsa Celtica.
Steve has composed new scores for Brecht’s “Caucasian Chalk Circle” and “Mother Courage”, Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt”, and Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale”.
Most of Steve’s theatre work however, has involved writing original music, both live and recorded, for trail blazing Scottish touring companies such as Communicado, Catherine Wheels, Benchtours and Plan B, as well as Dundee Rep, Edinburgh Royal Lyceum and Perth Theatre.
Heart of Hawick
Saturday 26 November, 19.30
Adult – £15
Concessions – £12