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Steve started playing music in 1962. Music is his calling. From birth he was surrounded by the music of his Macedonian ancestors and the ethnic music of Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Turkey. Listening to live music at picnics and dances as a small child opened his mind and spirit to trance-like rhythms, improvisation and chanting. He started listening to the sounds on the radio Bob Dylan, Them, Animals, Rolling Stones, Manfred Mann, Jimi Hendrix, Yardbirds, Kinks, Loved Ones, Spectrum, etc. He searched back further to the roots of the music he loved - and then back to the source - Africa.

Steve is an Australian Griot (storyteller), a Blues Shaman. He has lived and performed in the USA, Europe, Mexico and Asia - supporting some of the biggest names in music: eg Bob Dylan, Tina Turner, BB King, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker, Eric Burdon and the Animals (see website for full listing). Influences include Leadbelly, John Coltrane, Tim Buckley, Captain Beefheart, Sun Ra, Tony Williams Lifetime, Van Morrison, Howling Wolf, Tom Waits, Jack Bruce, Kip Hanrahan and Bob Dylan.

African, Indian, Haitian and Islamic music have all had a spiritual and rhythmic influence on his own work. His love of blues, gospel and a cappella field hollers shows both in his live shows and recordings. 

Steve Tallis is unique, fiercely-independent and is not a man to compromise. He is currently working on a new album (following his last critically acclaimed album The First Degree) to be released soon.

The Snakes of Desire for this show are Phil Bradley (Guitar), Pete Lisiewich (Bass) and Howie Johnstone (Drums).