Considered one of the greatest, most charismatic live performers at work today, the original Cockney Rebel tours with a full six-piece rock band. Barry Wickens is the ever-present violinist, and James Lascelles (piano/percussion), Paul Cuddeford (guitar), Kuma Harada (bass) and original band member, Stuart Elliott (drums) complete the line-up.
As well as spending up to six months each year on-the-road, Steve is an occasional BBC Radio 2 presenter, the original Phantom Of The Opera and starred on the West End stage in the Samuel Beckett play, Rough for Theatre.
But music is very much still his first love. “We see the world and play to great audiences; how good is that! I see great cities and their galleries and museums in our down-time, beautiful landscapes from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean coast, all in my life as a touring musician. It’s still the greatest job on earth!” Harley said recently.
The live shows include the big hit singles, like ‘Judy Teen’, ‘Mr Soft’, ‘Love’s A Prima Donna’, the legendary ‘Sebastian’, as well as the evergreen ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’, known among his fans as “Harley’s pension”! That song is noted by PRS as one of the most-played songs on British Radio ever.
Recent critical acclaim has included such comments such as “A consummate professional at the top of his game” and “I doubt there was a better gig anywhere in the world last night. Seriously” – Daily Mail.
Rod Stewart, who has covered Steve’s song ‘A Friend For Life’, describes him as “One of the greatest lyricists Britain has produced.” Mojo magazine commented: “Harley creates songs of deep beauty, full of life’s experiences” and The Times declared it, “An extraordinary concert.”