The Strawheads

Scissors, Paper, Stone


About The Strawheads

Steve Bottomley (aka Steve Strawhead) is a Generation-X singer songwriter/guitarist from Cambridgeshire. He was a founder member of originals 4-piece The Sunkings and is currently the other half of The Strawheads duo. Steve’s songs are a blend of UK Country and Americana and whilst steeped in admiration for contemporaries Justin Currie, Ed Sheeran and Maren Morris, having spent his formative years in a touring 50’s & 60’s covers-band “The Jailbreakers”, his creative output is unconsciously imbued with a distinctive retro vibe.

Though never signed to a label/publisher, notable milestones for Steve have been:

  • Runners up in the inaugural Yamaha British band competition
  • First unsigned-artists to be sponsored by Yamaha for a UK tour performing original songs using exclusively Yamaha equipment
  • UK summer season Butlins – touring UK venues
  • Performance at the Music West Festival in Vancouver
  • First band to play the Hard Rock Café Singapore
  • Gigged in Uganda for a one-night special
  • British Humanist Society adopted original song “None of the Above” for annual conference
  • Blue Lamp Foundation adopted original song “But Hey, Happy Christmas”

Having taken a very lengthy hiatus which followed a loss of musical confidence and a necessity for grownup responsibilities, a self-financed album ‘Kissed By The Tide” released during Lockdown-2020 has introduced new fans to The Strawheads and recent engagement with the “Scared Hitless” Facebook group, has given Steve a renewed zest for writing and performing. Some of Steve’s output is solo as well as co-writes with long-term musician partner and friend Graham Buxton (the other half of the Strawheads).


Graham Buxton: I am a third-generation entertainer from the theatre/vaudeville background. I gave my first live performance playing the part of Oliver Twist at age 7, bought my first guitar at the age of 15, left school at 16 and formed my first band. I have continued to sing, play, write and perform ever since.

In the mid 1980’s I formed a band ‘Camera Shy’ and we came second in the first Cambridge Rock Band Competition, and I won the best vocalist award. We signed a management deal with Don Airey, and with him we played all the major London pub venues, and courted the major labels. We also came second in a televised ITV band competition.

Next, I joined a 60’s cover band where I first met my long-term co-writer, Steve Bottomley. We enjoyed several years touring the UK/Ireland playing the clubs/festivals, we also toured the Butlin’s camps working with, among others, Don Airy, The Average White Band, Bob Harris, It Bites, Nik Kershaw, Sir George Martin, Shane Richie, and T’Pau. Great times, but I felt the need to get back into writing original songs.

In 1991 Steve and I started working on new songs which we performed as the Sun Kings. We built up quite a following and Steve and I still write together to this day under the name of the Strawheads.

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