Q&A Scene: Steve Boyd – Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

The only reference at this point in time is our current recording “Healers and Howlers”. Because it was recorded on a very tight budget there was little room for second guessing so the sound is quite immediate. We like to think that it benefited from this approach and enjoys a certain kind of raw honesty. Oh, and it was recently nominated for The Age Music Awards best Blues album category which was a wonderful surprise and quite a shot in the arm really.

This year has mainly been about introducing this act to the public and establishing a profile I would say. We’ve had a blast playing a host of fun-packed gigs with plenty more to come including Friday 25th November at The LuWow (with The Stu Thomas Paradox) and Sunday 27th November at Cherry (Blues) Bar.

We also have a few music festivals lined up for next year (including Blues at Briars and Port Fairy) have written a stack of new tunes and booked ourselves into the studio again for late January 2017 to begin recording our next album. Considering that we’ve just been steadily chipping away and trying to hone hour craft, things have been going swimmingly.

What’s your favourite work at this point in time?

Our current work “Healers and Howlers” because it’s afforded us an opportunity to get back into the music scene after quite an absence. Paul Fiddes (drums, percussion and backing vocals) and I previously worked together in a variety of ensembles. We both took a lengthy break for individual reasons – mainly based around life’s tendency to get in the way at times. This record has given us currency in a sense. It’s inspired us to raise the bar again for our next effort.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

Gumbo I’d say. Big, bold and spicy with a variety of flavours to tantalize the taste buds. Soul food that goes well with a few drinks.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

Unfortunately our studio stories are pretty bland. It’s all about the music and a tight budget means getting down to work and not much else. Haven’t really hit the road as such just yet. That takes time and lots of forward planning. We aren’t  exactly young bucks and we have kids and other responsibilities. Is this sounding rock n’ roll enough? Wilder anecdotes from the past probably need to remain there I would imagine.

What, or who, inspires you?

Honesty and spontaneity inspire me whether in music, art, love, friendship or whatever. I even prefer things I dislike if presented in an honest, spontaneous way – although that rarely occurs.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

I could answer that question differently on any given day. Any given moment in fact. Let me see. Mmm…right now I’d say “What’s going on” by Marvin Gaye.

What’s next for you?

The next recording, the next gig and the next recording.

What’s your scene?

I don’t think I have a scene as such. I don’t know. Open, honest, dialogue whether in general conversation, art, love or politics. Humour, open-mindedness, respect and compassion. Those sorts of things definitely contribute to a scene I’d like to be involved in.


Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie is a 5 piece blues/soul band.  Conceived over many nights of listening to old vinyl records, the project is essentially the brainchild of Paul Fiddes and Steve Boyd.  With Paul on drums, Steve on guitar and vocals, as the core group, it is augmented by upright bass and brass. The sound is heartfelt and raw.  With New Orleans swagger, a large cup of soul, a spoonful of blues, with hints of jazz trickling through its veins, Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie hoots and hollers with all its might.

Catch Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie soon.

Upcoming Show dates:

25-Nov-16      Fri           The LuWow

27-Nov-16      Sun        Cherry Bar

11-Dec-16      Sun        Post Office Hotel

17-Dec-16      Sat         The Workers Club

14-Jan-17       Sat         Rainbow Hotel

04-Feb-17      Sat         Lomond Hotel

24-Feb-17      Fri           The Gem Bar

25-Feb-17      Sat         Blues at the Briar – Briars Homestead

10-13 Mar 17 Port Fairy Folk Festival

19-Mar-17      Sun        The Royal Oak

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