The Scene: Mixing six-string styles for relaxed gig

Steve Bean
Steve Bean
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Classical and Spanish guitar will be mixed in with a dash of Queen and Lady Gaga on Sunday as a venue known for its rock and metal hosts an all together more relaxed gig.

Guitarist Steve Bean is tuning up for a free show that is likely to have something for everyone, from 4pm on Sunday at Mama Liz’s in North Street, Stamford.

Steve, 41, from Pilsgate, has been playing the guitar for nearly 30 years and has incorporated several styles and genres into his repertoire.

He said: “I specialise in classical and Spanish guitar and I dabble in flamenco as well.

“But I am interested in all sorts of music and my taste is never confined.

“I pride myself in being versatile.”

While Steve lists classical legends Andrés Segovia and John Williams among his influences, he is not afraid to tackle more recent hits.

He said: “On Sunday I will be playing all sorts. I have recently done a cracking arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and there will be some Lady Gaga as well.

“I am a big fan of Rodrigo y Gabriela, who were the first to win a Mercury Prize with an instrumental album.

“They really popularised the Latin sounds and crossed it with influences from bands like Metallica.

“I have played with Gabriela before and the pair are modern heroes of mine.”

Steve has been playing music since he was at primary school after being given a guitar by his uncle.

His style and influences have evolved over the years and he is always learning.

Steve added: “I have never perfected it. You think once you have mastered a piece you will be able to play anything but there is always another challenge.”

Sunday’s gig will be something of a change for Steve, who is used to playing at weddings and in upmarket hotels.

But he is looking forward to the relaxed atmosphere the venue will lend to the performance.

He said: “I did a concert at Normanton Church recently which was really good but it will be nice to do the more informal side.

“Classical music can have quite a stiff attachment to it and performances can be very high brow and hard to listen to. I am trying to make it accessible to everyone.”