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Steve performs Solo, Duo or with his band The Snakes Of Desire – available for bookings, tours, festivals etc – steve.tallis@gmail.com



“Steve Tallis Nice ! Au Borghese ! Le sympathique tablissement
du Port reoit celui que lon surnomme le “griot australien”. Cet artiste, la fois rare et original, dcrit sa musique comme du tribal folk blues teint de gospel Difficile labliser donc. Ce qui est sr cest quil est fort apprci de ses pairs, et que des gens comme Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan,
Ben Harper, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, entre autres, ont fait appel lui pour assurer leurs premires parties. Artiste inclassable et fort talentueux, il reste nanmoins mconnu, car sa musique construite autour de rythmiques africaines,
indiennes, hatiennes ou arabes, et emprunte de spiritualit est trop “personnelle” pour les mdias de masse. Son blues est souvent considr comme trs dconcertant pour les puristes du blues, trop blues pour les aficionados de la world, et trop world pour le monde du rock. Ce concert, dans le cadre
intimiste et chaleureux du Borghese, est en revanche une aubaine pour les esprits ouverts et curieux.”

Gilbert DAlto
@LaStrada Magazine France
(6 – 19 Mai 2019)




This music goes to the heart because it comes from the heart.
Bapi Das Baul @ Bauls of Bengal

In a musical milieu that values tradition he is a bit of loose cannon, a maverick, a highly individual performer with a strong sense of self worth. I’ve never heard anyone outside the black music idiom perform a cappella field hollers with such power and commitment.
Mark Doherty @ Rhythms

Part Buddha, Demon, Mad Angel
Ray Purvis @ The West

Earthy blues, performed with a throaty voice, driven by powerful guitars. Breathless a cappella field hollers.
Ingolf Boysen @ Glitterhouse

Inspiring and addictive.
Gary Joyner @ Acoustic Guitar (USA)

Australian Griot! Arrangements stripped back to roots deep in African Griot traditions.
Gil Onyett @ Black Routes

An intensity and focus that’s rare.
Doug Spencer @ ABC Radio National – The Planet

A contemporary manifestation of fundamental man’s most basic primeval instincts. A powerful incarnation of raw beauty embodied with all the wisdom and timelessness of the ages. Unique and idiosyncratic, tempestuous power and subtle delicacy. Songs laden with power, passion, and beauty.
Big Mike Hotz @ Radio Adelaide

A mysterious prophet and seer preaching his gospel.
Tom Keller @ Folk World (Germany)

A voice full of conviction moving mountains carried by spearing acoustic rhythms. Total engagement and a rich musical vocabulary.
Jerome Travers @ Le Docteur Blues (France)

Nobody plays the blues like Steve. Explodes with passion and grace. Music for people who believe.
Sylvester Fox @ Groove

A musical shaman channeling the spirits that fuel the fire in his soul setting them free in your living room. Explosive. Powerful.
Janvier Musson @ Cornstalk

Australia’s Bob Dylan
Kris Rogers @ Pelican

One of Australia’s greatest musical visionaries. Daring, creative, personal, captivating.
Vicente Zumel @ La Hora del Blues (Spain)

Words that speak of the spirit. Earthy, unadorned music that comes from somewhere under the skin, this is as real as it gets. Uncompromising in his artistic integrity. One of the few artists brave enough to stand naked and imperfect within an industry that encourages conformity and compliance.
Phil Bennett @ Nova