After The Settlers disbanded in the 80's Steve & Patty were the 'Go To' backing singers to visiting American stars for BBC TV
BBC TV would bring over American Country Music Stars and Steve & Patty were the 'Go to' backing musicians, not only as vocalists, but also bass and percussion as in this clip
Steve & Patty bring their own brand of Western Swing music to BBC TV
Patty sung / played trumpet and percussion with Wes McGee
As a young singer/songwriter Steve Somers (stage name then, Steve Cockburn) came second in the studio recording, but winner of ATV's 'New Faces' by viewers postal vote....BUT HAD NO IDEA HE HAD WON !! See below for the pay off with Lenny Henry
Years after missing the all winners show Steve is Surprised by Lenny Henry
As a multi instrumentalist Steve was asked to play with many top stars, this included playing bass for Skiffle King Lonnie Donegan
Now and again, Steve & Patty were asking to form a group with the stars. Spot Joe Fagin 'That's livin alright'
Rehearsing for Christmas shows 2018
A bit of Christmas fun
Patty Vetta was born in Pangbourne, Berkshire, into a musical family. Being at a tiny C of E school she sang the Magnificat at 5 years old, solo, at Sulham Church. Moving to London aged 17 she started working in a recording studio. Before long, she was being asked to do some voice-overs and to sing on some jingles. Later she met and joined The Settlers, the folk-pop group who’d had a hit in 1962 and were still doing cabaret in the 1970s, so she travelled all around the world singing 'Grow, Grow, The Lightning Tree'. It was great fun she says, and after the group split, Patty toured with Settlers singer/guitarist Steve Somers, performing on TV shows and albums, backing Don Everly, Johnny Tillotson, Roy Clark, Joe Brown, Tom O'Connor, Ronnie Prophet, Bert Weedon, Terry McMillan, and Freddy Weller. She has also been the longest serving member of the Wes McGhee Band, and has recorded with Pete Sayers, Paul Millns, Tony Maude and Joe Giltrap, and toured with Johnny Cash and Billie Jo Spears.
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