Steven Page is touring the UK for the first time since leaving The Barenaked Ladies.
The Canadian singer-songwriter, who in 2009 left the band he co-founded, is back on these shores in October and November following a 10-year absence. And he’s got new music to share.
Last year Page released the album Heal Thyself, Pt. I: Instinct which explores the origins of a life dedicated to music.
“I’ve always had a sense of wonder about that era of ’60s and ’70s music, and probably always will,” he says. “I remember getting Paul McCartney’s second solo album for my 11th birthday, and there’s a picture in it of him standing in front of his 16-track machine in his home studio, with his kid tugging at him.
“I think from the moment I saw that photo, while listening to this strange album he’d made at his house, I decided I wanted to do the same thing.”
Page has done exactly that. With The Barenaked Ladies, hit songs like One Week and successful albums including Maroon enabled him to tour the world. As a solo artist, he’s released his own original music, collaborated and toured with Toronto’s Art of Time ensemble, composed scores for Canada’s Stratford Festival, and hosted TV series The Illegal Eater.
“I’ve always had a problem describing myself as an artist, and it got even harder after moving to the US where that word has been devalued considerably,” Page says. “There was always a sense of guilt that I didn’t have a ‘real job,’ and that got channelled into some of these new songs, almost as a reaction to the mistrust and spitefulness that pervades so much of our current discourse in North America.”
His solo shows find Page performing with long-term collaborators Craig Northey and Kevin Fox on guitar and cello.
Steven Page UK tour dates
22 Oct Leeds, Wardrobe
23 Oct Cambridge, Emmanuel United Reform Church
25 Oct Luton, Bear Club (sold out)
26 Oct Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
27 Oct London, Bush Hall
30 Oct Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
31 Oct Manchester, Deaf Institute
1 Nov Glasgow, King Tuts (sold out)
2 Nov Glasgow, King Tuts