Renowned guitarist Steve Howe returns

Steve Howe
Steve Howe

Following a hugely successful return tour in 2013, this September sees Steve Howe back in the UK.

The songwriter, who is best known as the guitarist and backing vocalist of Yes, comes to The Capitol, Horsham, on Friday, September 26, at 8pm.

Steve Howe started playing the guitar over 50 years ago in the 1960s ‘guitar boom’.

He was given some encouragement by his siblings to listen to other styles of guitar playing, which lead him to see the broader and more credible approaches that then diversified his own style, quite considerably.

Jazz, classical, folk and country were then added to his interest in rock, pop and blues.

He listened and watched as Segovia and Julian Bream, Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell, Big Bill Broonzy and Albert Lee took the guitar further than what was riding high in the pop charts.

On hearing Chet Atkins album Teensville, Steve noticed the compelling mix of techniques and approaches that made categorising Chet almost impossible, yet defined the versatility that was brought together in one player.

In particular Steve was impressed with Chet’s solo arrangements of well known tunes and his own compositions.

On the birth of Steve’s first child, Dylan on August 4, 1969, he composed ‘Clap’, partly in tribute to Chet, but also inspired by his son’s arrival. This was then released on The Yes Album, his first with the band, then performed on most tour dates.

‘Mood For A Day’ followed on Fragile and Steve’s ambition to write solo guitar pieces was established.

Until the release of Motif Volume 1, his tunes were spread across group and solo releases, often live renditions.

The Motif series is an attempt to bring together his compositions and shed light on how they fit together. The series tells his personal writing story, differing from his contributions to The Syndicats, Incrowd, Tomorrow, Bodast, Yes, Asia, GTR, ABWH and his own Trio.

Steve is set to treat audiences in the UK to some of his more familiar pieces plus several new tunes like ‘Solitaire’ from Yes’s Fly From Here album, ‘The Golden Mean’ and others from Motif, plus various arrangements of Yes songs and other tunes he’s picked up along the way.

A few stories and songs thrown in for good measure should ensure a great evening.

Tickets for the show cost £20. Call the box office on 01403 750220 or click here