Davy Steele (1948-2001)
I came across this old image of mine today (15.09.12) while sorting out some files from my film scans. I’ve always liked this image out of context because he looks like a carpenter/joiner – his old work shirt and the saw hanging up in the background. However, Davy became an internationally celebrated folk musician and one of the best known Scottish folk singers/songwriters.
This was a set of images I was asked to do, way back in 1990 when I was a photography student in Edinburgh. It was for the folk band “Ceol Beg”, for the back of their album “Not the Bunnyhop”. I had to shoot each band member individually in a small house. Of all the band members that day, he was the most chilled and easy going. But to get variety for each shot I had to photograph Davy standing in a cupboard off the kitchen. I remember he cracked some joke about the indignity of it. But you can see his good humour in his eyes.
I was curious about what he was up to now and Googled™ him. Sadly I discovered he had died 11 years ago.
Davy, who was also lead singer and songwriter with the Scottish folk groups the Battlefield Band, & Drinkers Drouth, died Tuesday, 17 April, 2001 in an Edinburgh hospice after a fight against an inoperable brain tumour. He was 52.