Steve Trafford

Course Leader, Songwriting

Songwriting Course Leader Steve Trafford is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and composer. He is a former bass player and guitarist in The Fall, current guitarist/co-writer with Brix & The Extricated and singer-songwriter in Manchester duo Rubberbear.

Steve’s list of credits is as quirky as his singing and songwriting style. He played bass and guitar in The Fall with Mark E Smith, touring the world and writing songs for two albums – most notably the acclaimed ‘Fall Heads Roll’ album recorded at Philip Glass’s studio in New York.

As well as performing on Later with Jools Holland, Steve has recorded numerous John Peel Sessions with the band and appeared in The Fall documentary for the BBC.

Steve has worked with many other artists and bands, including Paul Heaton (The Housemartins, The Beautiful South) on his Cross Eyed Rambler album and with Cerys Matthews (Catatonia). He has also released an album under his own name and continues to work on solo material.

He is currently guitarist and co-writer with Brix & The Extricated and has also released 3 albums with Tom Chapman (New Order), as Rubberbear.

Steve was most recently commissioned to write music for three independent films which have toured around Europe at major film festivals.

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