Steve Dagleish

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Steve Dagleish is a singer/songwriter based in Saltburn by the Sea. He makes wonderful acoustic music that has an orchestral undercurrent running through it. I met Steve at Folkstock Festival last year when he joined in the banter whilst I was on stage after playing a set on his own. We exchanged pleasantries and he struck me quickly as not only a fine musician but a real nice fella.

He’s bloody tall too – I mean I am 6’1″ and he seems about 8 foot tall in his stockinged feet. Or maybe it’s that curly mop of hair that gives the impression of extra height? It seemed like an urban folk afro with a life of its own, standing proud like a temple in the sunshine. Or maybe he just stands up straight with good posture.

His music jumps from earthy everyman folk to ambient orchestral and I likes it. Some people’s music just resonates with you: after enjoying the more acoustic side of Steve’s work, discovering the more orchestral pieces was a really lovely surprise and I’d like to hear more still.

Fresh from travelling across far-flung lands Steve has just been voted by you into this week’s Fresh Faves with the gorgeous song ‘Innocence’. It was reviewed by one of our lovely new FOTN members Steve Harris who wrote: sounds quite different, with a beautiful string arrangement and subtle beats to accompany a tale about the tender handling of a meeting with “a lonely woman and her one-night stand”.

A new album ‘Only Losers Write on Bridges’ is due for release next month – great title:

Steve plays live a lot and you can keep up with gig news on his Facebook page. There are also some fine videos worth checking out on his YouTube channel but for some reason I couldn’t share them with you directly.

Any road up – Best to you on your journey Steve. Ladies and gentlefolk, please say hello to Steve Dagleish.

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1. What are you up to at the moment?
Living vicariously through my kids’ rather different successes. Emma introduced me to the joys of Grandfatherhood (is that a recognised word?) just a week ago and John nailed the role of Ray Davies in the new musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ on Press Night. Recent airplay of my own songs will jolt me back into a home-made sponge-lined acoustic booth surrounded by microphones. There are dozens of songs in my notebooks all crying out for attention and a home on my ‘legacy’ CD.

2. Favourite childhood memory?
Riding on my Pa’s shoulders to Hull Fair on crisp October evenings, smelling the brandy snap, fairground music in my head, lights, laughter, two heads in formaldehyde.

3. Hero?
John Martyn, for his heart.

4. Villain?
John Martyn, for his head.

5. What/who makes you laugh?
Anyone with a little self-depreciative twinkle. ‘The Life of Brian’ is my barometer.

6. Describe what you do?
Be open, all the time, sometimes until it hurts … the muse visits rarely so I need to pay attention. Mostly, the world distracts me … not always in a good way. I love performing much more than recording and I want to do more and more of both!

7. Who’s hair would you like to have for just one day?
My seventeen-year-old younger self’s, Cavalier curls wafting round my arse. There’s a picture somewhere in the Facebook archives. I’m relieved I didn’t do a ‘Dorian Gray’ and park it in the attic.

8. Best musical experience to date?
Being lifted through the barriers installed by the internal judge (ego) to reach ‘the zone’. This was in the company of a packed audience and a band of friends in Camden’s Green Note a few years back. When music takes you, it really takes you. Those moments are coming again, but you never forget the first time.

9. What artist inspires you?
Martin Simpson, for sticking with the business since his teens, learning and growing each year, working hard to hone his craft and all with a good heart . . .

10. What does Fresh On The Net mean to you?
A springboard for emerging music, a level playing field, a super resource for artists and listeners …


Johnno Casson

Johnno Casson is a London-born/Colchester-based singer, musician, songwriter and show-off. He also compiles and releases compilations and is a serial supporter of new music. Johnno releases his own music as Snippet ,Old Tramp and also under his own name Johnno Casson.. As far as we know he was the most-played artist ever on Tom's legendary late night Fresh On The Net radio shows on 6 Music - having been featured no less than 18 times and appearing as an interview guest. You can also find Johnno on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube...


  1. Johnno,

    Many thanks for the lovely words. Hope they get well read. I will be up and down between the glories of Saltburn and the big old London Town for the next couple of months, either gig hunting, recording or patting the wee one’s head.

    Love to all the freshnet team . . .


    P.S. If you think I’m tall, you should see the young ‘un!


  2. Pleasure Steve and I forgot to mention that you had just become a proud Grandfather,many congratulations


  3. Interesting & inspirational stuff Steve!

  4. Christine Johnson

    Enjoyed this interview as much as I enjoy Steve’s music – interesting man, tinged with humour; interesting songs, some tinged with humour. Having been fortunate enough to hear Steve live, on a number of occasions, his music never disappoints and his twinkly personality draws you in just as much as his songs. Only Losers Write on Bridges is one of several favourites, quite anthemic; you can’t help but sing along. It’s good to see Steve getting some exposure on the networks, as he is certainly a talent to be reckoned with!

  5. Lori McAuliffe Niemtschk

    I’ve never had the opportunity to hear him perform live, but his Angerl to Ancient has become a go-to song for me. Steve’s beautiful music and thoughtful lyrics set him apart.

  6. Lori McAuliffe Niemtschk

    forgive the terrible typing from my tiny screen, Angel to Ancient was what I intended to say, feel free to fix that for me. 😉

  7. Ksenia

    Great interview with Steve! I am yet to see him perform live (I will, one day, I promise), but I’ve been enjoying Only Losers Write on Bridges for a few months now, and I have a feeling it’s one of the albums that’s going to stay in my playlist for quite a while.

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