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Founding member of The Barenaked Ladies Steven Page shares Cambridge memories


By Gemma Gardner


Steven Page
Steven Page

Singer/songwriter Steven Page has sold millions of albums with The Barenaked Ladies and now he’s back with new music.

As founding member of The Barenaked Ladies, Steven toured the globe with the band before leaving in 2009.

He is returning to UK for the first time in ten years with dates this October and November, including at Emmanuel United Reform Church in Cambridge on Monday (October 23).

Since leaving the band, Steven has continued his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects.

He has composed six theatrical scores for Canada's Stratford Festival, collaborated and toured with Toronto's innovative Art of Time ensemble and journeyed across North America as host of TV's The Illegal Eater while continuing to write, release and perform his original music.

Steven released his latest opus, Heal Thyself, Pt 1: Instinct in 2016 followed by a two week critically-acclaimed residency at New York City's storied Caf' Carlyle.

'I've always had a sense of wonder about that era of sixties and seventies music, and probably always will,' Steven said.

'I remember getting Paul McCartney's second solo album for my 11th birthday, and there's a picture in it of him standing in front of his 16-track machine in his home studio, with his kid tugging at him. I think from the moment I saw that photo, while listening to this strange album he'd made at his house, I decided I wanted to do the same thing.'

The new UK tour shows will see Steven return in trio form with long-term musical mates Craig Northey and Kevin Fox on guitar and cello with new songs, renewed vigour and with his trademark Canadian satire at full steam.

'I've always had a problem describing myself as an artist, and it got even harder after moving to the U.S. where that word has been devalued considerably,' Steven said. 'There was always a sense of guilt that I didn't have a 'real job,' and that got channelled into some of these new songs, almost as a reaction to the mistrust and spitefulness that pervades so much of our current discourse in North America.'



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