BIO: Steafan Hanvey
Steafan Hanvey and The HoneyMoon Junkies was released in
2006 in Ireland to critical acclaim.
Steafan Hanvey, originally hails from Downpatrick, Co. Down, in Northern
Ireland. A child progeny of traditional musicians (his parents having recorded
two albums during the seventies) his exposure to all kinds of music began in
utero. Citing influences today from his formative years as being everything
from Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Soundgarden, Simon & Garfunkel to
Luke Kelly, Willie Nelson, The Johnstons, Paul Brady and Johnny Cash, perhaps
the most important of all was the household itself, renowned at the time for
its legendary sessions and where it wasn't long before the young Steafan was
called upon for a tune or two himself.
In primary school too, his teachers would have him sing to his classmates. It
was as a teenager though that Steafan began to explore realms of music other
than ballads of immigration, love lost, and blooming heather.
At the age of 16, Steafan formed 50/50, a heavy rock outfit with childhood
friends Kenny & Carl Papenfus of Relish. After three years of fronting the
band and co-writing the material, sniffs of interest from CBS in Dublin and
much frustration with the northern music scene, or apparent lack of, in those
days, and indeed lack of venues for original rock bands, Steafan opted to take
time out to continue his studies at university.
His third year took him to Seattle where he took the opportunity to study sound
engineering. Immersed in the music of the time, producing demos for local bands
as part of his course, he was able to witness at close quarters the rise and
demise of grunge, culminating in the untimely death of Kurt Cobain. Although an
enriching experience at the mixing desk, a certain amount of fatigue set in
with the amount of Pearl Jam wannabees on the scene, and the realization hit
that he missed what was going on at the other side of the window with the
musicians. In the summer of 1995, love and univeristy brought him to Helsinki.
Not long into his stay in Helsinki, Steafan began to host his own radio show
introducing fresh Irish acts to Finnish ears. (Irkku-aika/Lahi radio)
The mini-album 'Sole' was recorded in November 2000-March 2001, where Steafan
finally got to work with Janne Viksten, one of Finland's finest recording
engineers, who at the time worked at The Sibelius Music Academy.
Sole, dealt with everyday dilemmas, falling in love, falling on your ass,
picking yourself back up, fears, apportioning blame- the usual stuff not in the
usual manner. After much gigging in Helsinki and around Finland, Steafan
relocated to Dublin.
He got busy recording his forthcoming debut album "Steafan Hanvey and The
HoneyMoon Junkies". This saw him team up with old Downpatrick bandmates
the Papenfus brothers from Relish. The album was started in Dublin and was
finished with sessions in between at studios in Newry, London and Helsinki.
Steafan teamed up with Kieran Lynch to mix the record. Kieran has worked on
U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" has also co-produced Elvis
Costello's "When I Was Cruel", in other words, he's really very good!
In 2004 Steafan visited NYC and Montreal to get a feel for different audiences.
Back in Europe he opened for The Hothouse Flowers in Barcelona in March 2004,
played the BelfEst music festival in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and opened for John
Spillane, Eleanor McEvoy (Woman's Heart) and The Devlins amongst others at
different shows throughout Ireland.
He was 1 of 6 Irish acts invited to play at Boston's NEMO music festival in
He has recorded 3 in-studio sessions at the BBC
and has spent the last 6 years playing all over Ireland, Scandinavia and the
USA, laying the groundwork for his debut album release which met with critical
acclaim in 2006.
National television and radio appearances followed. The singles 'A Hundred Days
of Snow' and 'My Woman' received strong airplay in Finland and in Ireland,
making many national radio playlists. A national tour of Ireland followed.
Steafan is gearing up to release his sophomore album entitled "Nuclear
Family"- mixed by Swedish producer Tore Johansson, who has also worked
with the likes of Martha Wainwright/The Cardigans/New Order and Franz
Ferdinand. The record was mastered by Mandy Parnell and features guest
appearances by Liam Ó Maonolaí [Hothouse Flowers], Bertrand Belin &
Papenfus brothers, Carl & Ken of Relish.
Fuse On Demand, a free Video on Demand service in the USA, that is part of Fuse
Music Network and Madison Square Garden Media have recently committed to airing
the first single from ‘Nuclear Family’ entitled: ‘Secrets & Lies’ (See
below). The song will air later in the year.
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