Guitarist Davy Steele is one of the newest members of the world-renowned, traditional, Celtic-quartet Battlefield Band. And he felt the pressure.
"There was a bit of apprehension on my part when I joined two-years ago," Steele said during a phone interview from Vancouver, British Columbia. "This is a well-oiled machine and it has a reputation. I wasn't afraid of my abilities, because I don't think they would have asked me to join if they didn't feel I could. But, yes, I did feel the pressure."The Battlefield Band - founder Alan Reid (keyboards/vocals), John McCusker (fiddle/whistles), Mike Katz (bagpipes and whistles) and Steele - will play Friday, April 10, at the Judge Memorial Auditorium, 650 S. 1100 East. The music will begin with Shanany at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the concert are available at Acoustic Music, Local Music, Intermountain Guitar & Banjo, Salt City CDs, Dan's Foods in Salt Lake and Park City, Nusound in Roy, Alpine Book in American Fork or by calling the hotline at 1-801-339-7664.
Steele began playing the guitar as a young boy in the '60s.
"My older brother showed me a couple of chords on guitar," Steele said in his Scottish accent. "Now he tells me he shouldn't have shown me anything because I can play more chords than he. But aside from that, my mom and dad played music and sang at all the holidays - New Year's, weddings, funerals."
Steele was also influenced by the Carter Family, Slim Whitman and Nat King Cole.
The original Battlefield Band formed in 1969. The band chose the name Battlefield because members lived in an area of the same name.
The band's self-titled debut was released in 1977. More than 17 releases (including a short extended play) have followed the band throughout its career. The band's most recent album is called "Rain, Hail or Shine."