The song is everything. The attitude is not.
For years, this has been Steve Sinnicks’ motto. Armed with his voice and an acoustic guitar, Sinnicks proves melodies and words can still mean something.
Steve “S.G.” Sinnicks began playing drums at 11 and at 15 began to play the pubs with everyone from local artists to Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors. While he still occasionally fills in on the skins, he is now known across Canada and in the U.S. as singer and songwriter in the vein of Nick Lowe, Billy Bragg or John K Sampson with a folkie background and a history of dissent.
WINNER: City of Hamilton Arts Award 2013
WINNER: 2012 Hamilton Music Awards – Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year (The Last Irishman In Corktown)
WINNER: 2009 Hamilton Music Awards: Folk/Roots Record of the Year (Red Meat and Blue 88s)
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“Steve is a legend in the Hamilton music scene. One of my favourite local artists.” – Geoff Kulawick, Linus Entertainment/True North Records
“Whether this Canadian Irishman plays solo guitar or sings in front of a sharp folk-rock band, his songs shine brightly. The key is that his clean, crisp vocals bring out the emotion and meaning of each line of his lyrics. The lyrics are filled with classic folk topics of politics, religion, and simple human emotion. Yet, I will put Sinnicks above much of the pack in terms of balancing direct dialect with poetic flourish. Again, the delivery sends it all forward with music that will stick to you, deeper with every listen. It is no surprise he has won awards with his songwriting in the past, and this album has already garnered some awards in Canada. I think folk fans worldwide would agree.” – David Hintz, Folkworld Magazine, EU
“True songs about people, for the people” – Exclaim Magazine
“One hell of a smart find from our own backyard” – Penguin Eggs 10th Anniversary Edition
“Thank God Steve Sinnicks is an undiscovered talent. It gives the world something to look forward to hearing” – Tom Wilson, Juno Award winning songwriter (Junkhouse, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)
“Sinnicks’ wit is sharp and there is no rosy tint on his view of things. It’s rootsy people music you don’t hear on the radio anymore but is still alive and well in the live halls.” – Hamilton Spectator
“Musical…Heartfelt…Entertaining” – Chart Magazine
“…in the tradition of Guthrie and Seeger… Hamilton’s Steve Sinnicks is also one of the best “labour-singers” in Canada… if Woody were alive today he would want to hear Steve Sinnicks live!”
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