Spotlight on Steve Laffan

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with Janne GuitarGirl

Born in Wellington, Steve Laffan had guitar lessons at the age of seven from 18-year-old blind tutor Miles Butcher after being inspired by Hank Marvin's 'Sasha' and Jeff Beck's 'Hi Ho Silver Lining'. He also learned to play the drums and played in high school band 'Zonk'.

Steve moved to Auckland and played in supporting acts for Graham Brazier and The Legionnaires.

He has since written many original songs, and one of them, Gunpowder Man, is a dedication to Graham himself.

Other original songs include Time Machine and Changes in You. Steve lived in Australia from 1983-1990 and played drums in Sydney based band'Passion, who played original songs. He got to know the Emmanuel brothers, Phil and Tommy, very well, as his band's lead singer was flatting with them.

Not only is Steve a talented drummer and percussionist, but he can also play bass, rhythm and lead guitar, and is a natural at backing vocals and harmonies - a handy person to have in any band.

Recently, Steve played in my band JAG Convertable, and also backed Shirley Ryder at The Matua, and played drums for Anthony Coulter at the Driver's Bar, where they opened for Apollo Steam Train. He will be joining Stephen Calvert and myself at the Mount Social Club on November 11, from 6-9pm, and again on November 12, when we play at QuarryFest.


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