Uncle Steve

Uncle Steve

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

"Uncle Steve", based in Toronto, Canada, is an extended family of friends, fronted by Stephen McPhail; lead singer, guitarist and songwriter. They describe their music as "Canajun Blues'; a roots based alt country blues amalgam. Steve feels a working class hero is something to be.

Biography

Born in Northern Ontario in Sault Ste. Marie, Steve has spent most of his adult life active as a performer or staging technician. Steve went on to study both Theatre Tech; and, later Film Studies, at Ryerson University, in Toronto. As well as devoting himself to songwriting and producing; Steve has been developing his skills as an actor and filmmaker.

Over the past eighteen years, Derek Stephen McPhail has produced seven "Uncle Steve" CD projects; all through his home grown company, BEER WEAZL PRODUCTIONS. (http://www.beerweazl.com)

inspired by the jokes of the Canajun comedians, The Mackenzie Brothers", Uncle Steve came to describe their combination of folk, country, blues, rock & alternative music as "Canajun Blues"; different from the various versions of "Mercan Blues" found south of the border.

the name of the production company is inspired by a band joke: that "Uncle Steve" is doomed to poverty & obscurity, as their biggest fans are "beerweazls"; by definition, being bar patrons who always have a beer to drink, but never have any money. of course, beerweazls, though delighted to check out our CDs; always seem offended to be expected to actually pay for one.

Lyrics

The Abyss

Written By: Derek Stephen McPhail

THE ABYSS
lyric by Stephen McPhail
music by Aaron Bewza

DRIVING DOWNTOWN
CRUISING A DESERT HIGHWAY...
TUMBLE WEED HOMELESS
CURLED UP ON THE SIDEWALK...

STRIP MALLS & BILLBOARDS
LIKE CACTUS & SAGEBRUSH...
FAR AS THE MOUNTAINS
ALONG THE HORIZON...

DESERT HIGHWAY...
SUN GOING DOWN...
DESERT HIGHWAY...
LUNAR ECLIPSE...

DESERT HIGHWAY...
I'M GOING DOWN..
THAT HIGHWAY...
INTO THE NIGHT..

TRYING TO AVOID
ARMADILLO ROADKILL...
HONKING AT BUZZARDS
CIRCLING OVERHEAD...

COYOTE DJ
HOWLING ADS & NEWS BITES...
BUG MUSIC DRONING
IN BETWEEN...

DESERT HIGHWAY...
SUN GOING DOWN...
DESERT HIGHWAY...
LUNAR ECLIPSE...

DESERT HIGHWAY...
I'M GOING DOWN..
THAT HIGHWAY...
INTO THE NIGHT...

STALKING A JAGUAR
WHO'S STALKING ME...
WEAVING THROUGH CANYONS
OF CONCRETE & STEEL...

WIND DEVIL IN THE ALLEY
BLOWING GARBAGE ABOUT...
CHOPPER GHOST RIDER
GIVING A TRAFFIC REPORT...

Come On

Written By: Ann Lindberg/Derek Stephen McPhail

COME ON
lyric by Ann Lindberg & Derek Stephen McPhail
music by Derek Stephen McPhail

HERE YOU COME AGAIN...
DOWN THE STREET TOWARDS ME...
BABY, YOU ARE SO FINE...
WIND DANCING IN YOUR HAIR...
SUN SMILING ON YOUR FACE...
WANT TO MAKE YOU MINE..

COME ON, BABY,
COME ON, BABY, LET'S TALK...
COME ON, BABY...
WALK WITH ME...

JUST LOOKING AT YOU...
DRIVES ME CRAZY...
BABY, YOU ARE SO FINE...
LIKE RUMBLING SURF...
ROLLING UP THE BEACH...
MAKING YOU MINE...

COME ON, BABY...
COME ON, BABY, LET'S ROCK...
COME ON, BABY...
ROLL ON OVER ME...

YOU'RE ONE IN A MILLION...
MY GIRL FOR LIFE...
BABY, YOU ARE SO FINE...
WHEN YOU'RE SMILING AT ME...
BIRDS SING IN THE SKY...
I'M GLAD YOU'RE MINE...

COME ON, BABY...
COME ON, BABY, LET'S TWIST...
COME ON, BABY...
SHAKE ALL OVER ME...

COCONUTS

Written By: Derek Stephen McPhail

COCONUTS
lyric & music by Derek Stephen McPhail

TILL ALL SAD SONGS ARE SUNG
CLOWNS ALL LAUGH TILL WE'RE FREE...
BIRDS FREEZE FROM FEAR OF FLYING
FISH FORGET HOW TO SWIM IN THE SEA...

PUT YOURSELF TO IT... YOUR HEART & YOUR SOUL...
PUT YOURSELF TO IT...
PUT YOURSELF TO IT... YOUR HEART & YOUR SOUL..
TILL COCONUTS FALL OFF THE TREE...

TILL SOLDIERS ARE ALL WREATHED IN GLORY
TERRORISTS HAVE ALL SOLD THEIR STORY...
POLITICIANS ALL LIVE UP TO THEIR PRESS
HOMELESS HAVE ALL BECOME HOMEY...

PUT YOURSELF TO IT... YOUR HEART & YOUR SOUL...
TILL COCONUTS FALL OFF THE TREE...

WHEN YOU PUT YOUR ARMS AROUND ME
DANCING A TORRID FANDANGO...
CHERISH THE MOMENT OF BLISS IN A KISS
& WILD MONKEY LOVE ALL A TANGO...

PUT YOURSELF TO IT... YOUR HEART & YOUR SOUL...
TILL COCONUTS FALL OFF THE TREE...

Discography

Discography:
"LABOUR OF CARING" (1992),
"STORY BOOK BLUES" (1996),
"CANAJUN BLUES" (1998),
"SEA FEVER" (2005),
"HUNGER OF THE HEART" (2007),
"CANAJUN BLUES" (re-released - 2010),
"SPIRIT WARRIORS" (EP - 2010), &
"PARGO ROJO" (EP - 2010);
all registered at SOCAN.

Check out Uncle Steve's music video of their alt country tune, "The Abyss", from "Hunger of the Hearts" at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsxx_iptwRA

Set List

current set is the original material from the "Hunger of the Heart" CD:
ME & BUDDY, THE ABYSS, THIS GIFT, RACCOONS, BUSINESSMAN'S LUNCH, BODY OF GRIEF, SUBTERRANEAN CHARM, COME ON, COCONUTS, REFUGEE HIGHWAY, DEED TO PARADISE, MAKE IT RIGHT, HERE I AM, TINY STARS & SAILOR'S VALENTINE;

and, from the re-released "CANAJUN BLUES":
MAJOR KEY, BROKEN BOW, WET PAVEMENT, WHISTLE BLOWERS BLUES, DIRT POOR CRAZY PEOPLE, FOREVER, GRIZZLY BEAR, SENTIMENTAL SLOB, SOUL FREIGHT, TREE LOVE, TUMBLEWEED FRIEND & 55 FORD.