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Steve Gee
(4/5/6 string and fretless basses / vocals
)


A Brief History

Steve GeeBegan playing guitar aged 10 and formed first serious band, 'Artemis', in 1969, age 15. Started out as lead/rhythm guitarist and subsequently made the transition to bass guitar.

1973/74 - Artemis featured on TV programme 'Music Alive' made by ILEA-TV (also featuring Frank Zappa, John Martyn and Kevin Coyne). GAMA Records, part of Decca Records, saw Artemis and were interested in signing them to the label, having already signed Camel. GAMA organised some recording sessions at Decca No. 1 Studio in Hampstead plus a support with Camel. Also supports with Capability Brown, Strider plus various festival appearances. Artemis almost(!) signed to Decca Records but for that companies decision at the time to concentrate finances on Camel. C'est la vie!
1975 - Artemis disbanded.
1976 - Started learning double-bass; two years studying with a private tutor.

1978 - Lived in Paris, France, recording and playing bass for American singer/songwriter Irv Mowrey on his 1979 album 'Continental Drift' (see discography), produced by Karel Beer and featuring various British, American and French muso's (including some from UK band Bachdenkel).
1978/79 - Also while in Paris, played bass for French pop-star Danyel Gerard at various major venues including the Paris Olympia (November 1978) with his own 21-piece orchestra which was directed by French composer/arranger Yvan Julien. The finale of this concert featured a circus troupe on stage including high-wire artists, acrobats, etc. This concert was filmed and recorded for a proposed release as a double live L.P. 
Also worked on occasional recording sessions with other French artists. Various other concerts were played with Danyel Gerard around Paris and in the south of France.
[Career highlight: playing bass for Austrian composer Anton Karas, who was specially flown in from Vienna by Danyel Gerard for his Olympia concert, as previously mentioned, to perform his famous composition 'The Harry Lime Theme' from the 1930's film 'The Third Man'. ("This was, in fact, one of the very first tunes I learned to play on guitar!")].
1979 - MIDEM music industry festival in the south of France, in Cannes and nearby Grasse, to promote Irv Mowrey album, 'Continental Drift'. Time spent in France also included a short period of busking (with Irv Mowrey and others) playing acoustic bass guitar in - and on - the Paris metro. (Also became quite adept at pinball!).

1983 - Helped form award-winning UK Country band Firewater (1983-89) with Scottish vocalist/guitarist Jimmy Nichol and drummer Billy Redif. Toured extensively in the UK and signed to Magnum Records who released critically-acclaimed debut album, 'Brand New Vintage', in 1986 on their Sundown label (see discography). The album was a mix of covers and original material, including the self-penned 'Lonely Road Café'. During it's time, Firewater received various awards from many of the Country music clubs around the UK for Best Band/Band of the Year. As well as bass guitar and vocals, also played rhythm/lead guitar in Firewater for two years.
1987 - Firewater supported and was also the backing band for American Country singer/songwriter Becky Hobbs on her UK tour which was exceptionally well-received, playing various dates in London, Manchester, Bristol and elsewhere.
1989 - Helped form Landmarq.
1995 - Along with Tracy, Uwe and Dave from Landmarq, plus Martin Orford (IQ), played bass for vocalist/bassist John Wetton (ex-Asia, King Crimson, UK, Roxy Music, etc.) at the end of his 'Chasing The Dragon' world tour. This is further documented in the main Landmarq biography (part 5).

2000 - Invited by original founder member of The Honeycombs, Martin Murray, to help put together a new line-up of the hit 60's band (remember 'Have I The Right'?).
2002 - Bass session for singer-songwriter Jeanette Murphy's album, 'Sugar and Spice'.
2003 - Continuing to write/perform with Landmarq and currently in the middle of series of UK dates, culminating with two dates in Holland.
2004 - Early in 2004, I played bass for original Yes guitarist Pete Banks in some recording sessions that saw the revival of his pre-Yes band, The Syn (c.1967). Read more of my involvement with this project at my website, The Deepend. Further info also at The Syn official website.
2005 - Invited, along with Dave & Tracy, to contribute to "All Around The World" - the Official ProgAID single - which was released in March 2005 and was recorded in aid of the victims of the terrible earthquake and Tsunami disaster that tragically struck in South East Asia on the 26th December 2004. The CD was recorded in Cardiff on the 29th and 30th January 2005 and featured many guest musicians from the world of Prog Rock.
2005-6 - Another project I was previously involved with is 'Audiovert', a three-piece instrumental band writing original material composed by Paul Greenstein in a 'jazzy-fusiony' vein and featuring Paul Greenstein (guitar, guitar-synth, loops), David Bouet (drums and percussion) and myself on various basses.
2008 - I was contacted by former band-mate Tony Lowe who invited me to play bass for the first ever live performance of his CD album 'All Of The Above', a concept album and live event with ecological and spiritual overtones. The album, co-written with vocalist/songwriter Alison Fleming, is based on the colour spectrum and combines music, imagery and colour.

See Discography below for more.

Currently, aside from writing and performing with Landmarq, I'm also playing with one or two other bands, occasional dep/session work plus private tuition for bass guitar and guitar. 

Limelight, Crewe, 2003Summary of main artists/bands previously supported/worked with (in no particular order):
Camel, Capability Brown, Strider, Pacific Eardrum, Ron Geesin (ex-Roger Waters/Pink Floyd), Larry Adler, Danyel Gerard, Anton Karas, Paul Slade, Frank Ifield, Rose Marie, Becky Hobbs, Poacher, The Searchers, The Tremeloes, The Rockin' Berries, Suzi Quatro, Jeanette Murphy... and from the land of Prog: Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis), John Wetton, Focus, Marillion, Greenslade, Pendragon, IQ, Clive Nolan's Thin Ice Orchestra, Arena, Jadis, Tony Lowe and the usual suspects...

Adapted from Steve Gee's official website: 
'The Deepend'
www.stevegee.com

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Steve Gee Steve Gee - Discography
(all selections bass/fretless bass except where shown)
Other commercially released recordings plus unreleased recordings of notable interest.
(Note: inclusion in this list does not guarantee availability of items)
Listings are in chronological order:-
Band/Artist Title Label/Cat. no.
Year
Details (where known)
1. Artemis n/a n/a
1973
3 tracks (demo) recorded at Decca No.1 studios for Camels' management company Gemini Agency.
2. Artemis n/a n/a
1973
TV programme 'Music Alive' made for ILEA TV (featuring Frank Zappa, John Martyn & Kevin Coyne).
3. Irv Mowrey 'Continental Drift' Initial Records
IRC 004
1979
Released as LP; Bass, f/bass, backing vocals
4. Danyel Gerard 'Live At The Paris Olympia' n/a
1978
Bass, b/vocals, (proposed double-album, release details unavailable).
5. Firewater 'What We've Got In Mind' Fire 1
1984
Limited edition tape-only album. (Guitar, bass, vocs)
6. Firewater 'That's The Spirit' Fire 2
1985
Limited edition tape-only album. Guitar, bass, vocs, keys)
7. Firewater 'Brand New Vintage' Sundown/Magnum Records SDLP 031
1986
LP/Cass (Bass, f/bass, guitar, vocals).
8. Jeanette
Murphy
'Sugar and Spice' n/a
2002
Bass on track: "Just Say Goodbye". Also on demo 'Too Busy'.
9. Bob Daisley 'Bridges' Private Release
2004
(Bass, fretless bass, backing voc.) -
Bob Daisley was the name of the very first vocalist in Landmarq and having remained good friends with the band, asked if they would participate in recording an album of his favourite 'cover' songs. 'Bridges' is the result of that project and includes material by Coldplay, The Verve, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond and many others.
10. ProgAID 'All Around The World' F2 Music Ltd
200503S
2005
Multi-version CD charity single in aid of victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster; features many artists from the world of Prog. Full details at the official ProgAID web site.
11. Peter Banks (Yes)
/ The Syn
'Original Syn 1965-2004' Umbrello Records
UMBRCD001
2005
Bass and fretless bass on this 2-CD retrospective featuring the superb ex-Yes guitarist. Tracks played on are: 'Grounded', 'Illusions' and 'Time And A Word'. Further info on my Biography page and the official Syn website at synmusic.net
12. Jeanette Murphy 'Defining Moments' CSR Music
CSRJMCD03
2015
Highly-acclaimed fourth album from a very talented singer-songwriter.
www.jeanettemurphy.com
13. Tony Lowe 'ESP' tba
2016
Producer, composer and guitarist Tony Lowe's "ESP" album project also including contributions from John Young, keys (Lifesigns, Scorpions, Bonnie Tyler), Mark Brzezicki, drums (Big Country), David Cross, violin (King Crimson), Phil Spalding, bass (Steve Hackett, Mike Oldfield, Roger Daltrey, Simon Townshend, Mick Jagger and Robbie Williams). Projected release Nov 2016.
 


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