The Great Park is the vehicle of Englishman singer-songwriter Stephen Burch, who now lives in and is inspired by Berlin. After studying painting which nourishes his music and his superb videos, this quiet man and painter of songs began first experimenting with words and sounds in a secluded farm house surrounded by the fields of County Cork in Ireland. It characterized and fed his music making early on as do now the old mysterious side streets and back alleys of Berlin. He used voice, acoustic guitar, the family’s piano, chains and even the brushing sound of a broom to create a lyrical narrative which evolved into what he calls «journey songs» and which are rooted in images of pursuit and persecution and the search for home. Compositions that are contrasted by other songs that tell about his powerful need for taking off. There’s an immediacy to his art which can be partially explained if you consider that songs like «Understudy» (see his video) from the album of the same name and released in the fall of 2017, are songs that are first and lonely takes, released without any edits whatsoever. That also goes for his earlier 2017 album «Do Not Walk Under Wing», which was presenting songs that were written and recorded the same day, many of them one-take manifestations.
Stephen has also written the scores for several films and songs of his have been covered by a variety of artists. He co-founded the Woodland Recordings DIY Music Label with the mission «We specialize in acoustic, experimental and home- recorded songs and sounds». On top of producing 16 albums to date and clocking a cool 150 live gigs a year all over Europe. Stephen likes rooms with an echo, train journeys, trams and girls on bikes (not necessarily in this order).
Live tonight at El Lokal, Stephen Burch and his The Great Park. Up-close and intensely personal.