Steve Cooper

guitarist educator arranger songwriter author

Spring 2018 Update; TV, gigs and recording

Hi everyone! 2017 into '18 has been a really busy period and I've very grateful for all the great playing opportunities that have come together; 2018 looks set to be an incredible year. Here's what's been happening, and a little of what's to come... 

Jane and Friends Season 1 - Channel 5

Shayne Ward

Following a great xmas show featuring Shayne Ward duetting with Jane on 'Baby it's Cold Outside', I'm playing guitar on all five shows of 'Jane and Freinds' Season 1 for Channel 5 performing with Jane and many of her guests such as Tony Hadley, The Overtones, Kerry Ellis and Shayne -again. It's an old fashioned entertainment show and it was great to be a small part of the hugely talented team of people that made it happen. 

Jane & Friends S1 Cast and Crew - Channel 5

Episode 1 airs Friday 9th March at 9pm on Channel 5, with a repeat each Saturday at 10.30pm, plus it's on Catch Up

The first episode features Westlife star Shane Filan and the legendary Alexander O'Neal plus there's some great tracks from Jane's most recent live show including a medley of Earth, Wind and Fire classics plus a really beautiful version of the song I co-wrote with Jane, 'I'll Be There' also featuring Jamie Little and Richard Hammond.  

I'll be posting some more behind the scenes pics and videos on my social media pages, Instagram and Twitter, over the next five weeks to accompany the series being aired. 

Jane's most recent album was released in November 2017 and I was delighted to play guitar on all the tracks including two of my own songs which feature; 'I'll Be There'  and 'One More Day'. The album features entirely original material and has been well received by fans. Many of the new songs will feature on the 20th Anniversary UK tour which runs from June to September 2018. Here's a full list of dates. 

Here's a complete list of retailers for streaming, downloading or purchasing a physical copy. 

Kogo and Climax

Climax Blues Band 2018

Besides the TV show and album with Jane, I've been working with two really diverse bands with gigs for the incredible Kogo Project and the legendary Climax Blues Band in the UK and Europe. 

I played with Kogo in London in January at Pizza Express Live in Soho- nice little montage of video here; 

.....and we have another gig coming up as part of HCA Music Week in Hereford on March 8th

Kogo Poster - March 8th - De Koffie Pot - Herford

Kogo Poster - March 8th - De Koffie Pot - Herford

I was extremely honoured to step in and cover some gigs for the Climax Blues Band, first at the legendary 100 Club in London, and then for some Blues festivals in Germany. 

Live at the 100 Club, London, January 2018

Here's a few great images of the German shows taken by Beate Grams

For the full gallery of images head on over to Bluesbea!