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Steel Union are an acoustic blues duo based in Peterborough in the UK, nestling somewhere between the borders of Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

Steel Union formed in 2006 to play authentic traditional acoustic blues and spirituals. The songs of the great Delta Blues and Country Blues players such as Son House, Robert Johnson, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bukka White and many more.

More recently Steel Union have been playing and writing original compositions that draw from the tradition of Blues and Spirituals that give voice to life's experiences. The debut album of original compositions "Life...and Other Problems!" is available now.

Steel Union comprises Richard Gibson on Vocals & Harmonica (Blues Harp) and Richard Turner on Vocals, National Bottleneck/Slide Guitar & Acoustic Guitar.

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 New Album

What They Are Saying About Our Debut Album "Life...and Other Problems!"

"...has a vibrancy that buzzes with delight from the guitar, harp and vocals. An album for those who love their music traditional."
Liz Aiken, Bluesdoodles - Cutting Edge Music Reviews, Full review here

"Quality Album".
Richard Dunning, Blues on the Radio - Blues @ Rock Radio UK

"...great album...".
Ian McKenzie, Blues Before Midnight - KCOR (Kansas City Online Radio)

"It's a really good album!".
Tim Aves, The Blues Is Back - Saint FM 94.7

"It's a great song from a great titled album it really is."
Said of track "Life is a Problem" by Nigel Thorne of The Blues Bar radio show.

"A gorgeous piece of funky guitar/harmonica blues."
Said of track "The Funk Monkey" by Rick Stuart of Roots & Fusion - Pure 107.8FM

"...fabulous track..."
Said of track "Nobody Knows (About the Trouble I've Seen)" by Ian McKenzie of Wednesdays Even Worse - Blues & Roots Radio.

"Really love that stripped back sound."
Said of track "Life the Darkness" by Nigel Thorne of The Blues Bar radio show.

"If you like the sound of traditional blues with guitar and harp brought slightly up to date with all new original songs written by Steel Union themselves, then this is one album you will definately enjoy. Highly recommended."
Chris Fosbrook - The Mojo Fingers Blues Show - The Flash On Air.

"I love it."
Said of the album by Daniel Feutry of Radio Eure du Blues.


Buy the CD

Track list
1. I'm Coming Home (On The Morning Train)
2. Nobody Knows (About The Trouble I've Seen)
3. Jesus Told Me (To Kneel Down and Pray)
4. Life Is A Problem
5. The Funk Monkey
6. Run Down Blues
7. Going To The River To Pray
8. Lift The Darkness
9. Travelling West
10. Bukkas Boogie
11. Layin' in Jail

Physical CD available direct from Steel Union with payment via PayPal. The album was professionally record and mastered at Nepenthe Studios and features 11 tracks equating to nearly an hours worth of music at around 57 minutes.

Please select correct shipping region of UK or Worldwide as the price includes the shipping cost.

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Visit www.lifeandotherproblems.co.uk for more buying and streaming options.

 Gig Guide

Up coming Live Performances:

Gigs for 2017 being booked at present.

 News

June 2017

April 2017

March 2017

November 2016

 Contact Us

You can contact either Rich Gibson or Rich Turner at info@steelunion.co.uk or phone Richard Gibson on 0796 7215745.

Available for pubs, clubs, festivals, weddings, house parties, garden parties, special events etc. Below is an example set list for a typical pub gig consisting of two 45-50min sets. We will also usually include a handful of our own songs.

Set 1  
Write Me A Few Lines Mississippi Fred McDowell
Roll & Tumble Blues Hambone Willie Newbern
I Feel Like Going Home Muddy Waters
Red River Blues Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Baby Please Don't Go Lightnin' Hopkins
Stranger Blues Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Hobo Blues John Lee Hooker
Come On In My Kitchen Robert Johnson
Can't Be Satisfied Muddy Waters
Death Letter Son House
   
Set 2  
You Gotta Move Mississippi Fred McDowell
Jitterbug Swing Bukka White
Preachin' Blues Robert Johnson
Sportin' Life Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Goin' Down Slow Lightnin' Hopkins
John Henry Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Kind Hearted Woman Robert Johnson
Walk On Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burnin' Blind Willie Johnson
Dust My Broom Elmore James/Robert Johnson

 Past Gigs

Sun 19th Mar 2017
Charters Bar, Peterborough.

Sun 27th Nov 2016
Transition Kings Cliffe Christmas Fair 2016.

Sat 29th Oct 2016
The Men's Room, Market Harborough.

Sat 8th Oct 2016
The Men's Room, Market Harborough.

Sat 27th Aug 2016
Woodfordstock. The Duke Arms, Woodford, Kettering.

Sat 24th Sep 2016
Busking. Kettering Town Centre.

Sat 16th Jul 2016
Busking. Kettering Town Centre.

Sat 12th Sep 2015
Busking. Kettering Town Centre.

Sat 29th Aug 2015
Woodfordstock Music Festival at the Duke Arms, Woodford, Kettering, Northants.

Sat 22nd Aug 2015
The Kings Head, Apethorpe, Peterborough. Simon and Charlotte's 4th Birthday Bash.

Fri 13th Sep 2013
BMF Show (British Motocyclist's Federation). Peterborough Arena (East of England Showground)

Sun 25th Aug 2013
The Kings Head, Apethorpe, Peterborough. Simon and Charlotte's 2nd Birthday Bash.

Sun 25th Aug 2013
Woodfordstock Music Festival at the Duke Arms, Woodford, Kettering, Northants.

Sat 8th June 2013
Knees Up At The Brewery. Beer, Burgers & Blues. Oundle Wharf. Station Road. Oundle.

Sun 26th May 2013
The Burghley Club, 7 Burghley Road. Peterborough. PE1 2QA.

Fri 10th May 2013
The Black Horse Inn. 2 Fotheringhay Road. Nassington. Peterborough.

Sat 13th April 2013
Kings Cliffe Ex-Servicemen's & Social Club. 65 Wood Road. Kings Cliffe.

Sun 31st Mar 2013
The Palmerson Arms. Oundle Road. Peterborough.

Fri 15th March 2013
The Burghley Club, Peterborough.

Sun 2nd December 2012
The Palmerston Arms. Oundle Road, Peterborough.

Sat 13th October 2012
The Wheatsheaf Inn, 322 Eastfield Road, Peterborough.

Sat 8th September 2012
Green Meadows Festival. Water Tower Field, between Barnwell and Hemington, Northants

Sun 26th August 2012
The Kings Head. Apethorpe. Peterborough.

Sat 25th August 2012
Woodfordstock Music Festival 2012. The Duke Arms. Woodford, Northants. In support of Cransley Hospice.

Sat 4th August 2012
The Golden Pheasant, Etton, Peterborough.

Sat 21st July 2012
Oundle Fringe Festival. The Talbot Hotel. New Street. Oundle. Northamptonshire.

Tue 5th June 2012
The Palmerston Arms. Oundle Road, Peterborough. PE2 9PA.

Sun 22nd April 2012
Beer Fest. The Coal Heavers Arms. Woodston, Peterborough.

Sun 25th March 2012
Charters. Town Bridge, Peterborough.

Sat 27th Aug 2011
Woodfordstock Festival 2011. The Duke Arms. Woodford, Northamptonshire.

Fri 11th March 2011
Kontra Roots Club. Kennedy's Bar, Finedon, Northants NN9 5EJ.

Sat May 8th 2010
Boomerang Returns. Voodoo Lounge. Mama Liz's Soul Food Shack, Stamford.

Sun Apr 25th 2010
Beer Fest. The Coalheavers Arms. Woodston, Peterborough.

Mon May 4th 2009
Kings Cliffe Social Club.

Sat May 2nd 2009
The Coalheavers Arms. 5 Park Street. Woodston, Peterborough.

Sat Mar 14th 2009
FESTIVAL OF MUSIC IN MEMORY OF AL TAIT. Finedon Community Centre. Wellingborough Road, Finedon, Northants

Fri Mar 13th 2009
Hit or Miss. Foundry Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Sat Dec 6th 2008
Mama Liz's Soul Food Shack, 9a North Street, Stamford.

Fri Nov 7th 2008
The Finedon Sessions. Finedon Community Centre, Wellingborough Road, Finedon, Northants NN9 5LG

Fri Oct 31st 2008
Mi Familia, Old Barn Passage, St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Sun Aug 24th 2008
Mama Liz's Soul Food Shack, 9a North Street, Stamford.

Sat Aug 23rd 2008
The Ship Inn, 18 West Street, Oundle, Nr. Peterborough.

Mon May 26th 2008
Sawyers Blues Club, Sawyers Venue, 44 Montagu Street, Kettering, Northants.

Fri Mar 28th 2008
The Glass Onion Music & Arts Community Centre. 2 Burghley Road, Peterborough.

Sun Mar 23rd 2008
Sawyers Blues Club, Sawyers Venue, 44 Montagu Street, Kettering, Northants.

Sat Mar 8th 2008
Mi Familia, Old Barn Passage, St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Sat Feb 2nd 2008
Charity Fundraiser, Kings Cliffe Village Hall, Kings Cliffe, Northants.

Sat Dec 22nd  2007
Boomerang Returns. Newage Social Club, Blackfriars Lane, Stamford. Lincs.

Fri Dec 14th  2007
The Kontra Roots Club, White Horse Inn, Woodford, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Sun Oct 28th 2007
Sawyers Blues Club, Sawyers Venue, 44 Montagu Street, Kettering, Northants.

Sun Oct 21st 2007
Mi Familia, Old Barn Passage, St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Sat Sept 1st 2007
The Woolpack Acoustic Showcase, Market Hill, Rothwell, Northants.

Wed Aug 22nd 2007
The Kings Head, Kings Cliffe Road, Apethorpe, Peterborough.

Sat July 7th 2007
Riverside Music Festival, Stamford Meadows, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Thu June 21st 2007
Private Party, Olney, Buckinghamshire.

Sun June 10th 2007
Sawyers Blues Club, Sawyers Venue, 44 Montagu Street, Kettering, Northants.

Mon May 7th 2007
Folks Fest Beer Festival, Beckets Park, Northampton.

Sun May 6th 2007
Booze 'n' Blues Beer Festival, Kings Cliffe Ex-Servicemen's & Social Club, Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire.

Sat May 5th 2007
Folks Fest Beer Festival, Beckets Park, Northampton.

Sat Mar 24th 2007
Recording Demo CD - Northampton.

Sat Mar 17th 2007
St. Patricks Day Party, The Kings Head, Apethorpe, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

Sun Feb 25th 2007
Kontra Roots & Blues Club - Monk & Minstrel - Isham - Kettering - Northants.

Sat Jan 20th 2007
Fermynwood Gallery - Brigstock - Northants.

Fri Dec 8th 2006
The Kings Head, Apethorpe, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

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