STEPHEN HARDY PALMER
Residence: Gatineau, Quebec
Origin: Edmonton AB, Canada
Genre: Canadiana, Folk-Roots
Years Active: 1966 - Present
Label: Steve Palmer Music
Snail Mail: 23 Soeur J.M.Chavoin, #906
Gatineau, Quebec, Canada J8Z-1V9
Phone: 204 291 1440
"There are miles in Palmer’s voice; you can almost see the scenery that his mind has captured through the decades of his life. Palmer’s songwriting and guitar playing are tasteful and bittersweet, his music is crafted with feeling and poetic flair. I’m reminded of another acoustic icon, Gordon Lightfoot.”- TwangTown Magazine
Raised on gospel, country and the blues, Stephen Hardy Palmer began his musical journey in the 1960’s. His early folk-rock bands did well and they were often featured on the same bill as the big name touring groups touring through Alberta.
Opening for bands like The Who, Led Zeppelin, Cream, & The Guess Who was fantastic but even more valuable for a young prairie picker was sharing a dressing room and talking with experienced players like Pete Townsend, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Randy Bachman.
From this heady beginning, Steve became a road guitarist paying his dues earning a living playing in Honky-Tonks and Blues Bars and learning how to sing along the way.
Launching his solo career in the 1990’s, he added songwriting to his skills. He released his first album ‘From Here To Nashville’ in 2003.
In 2010 his 'Roots & Strings' album was featured on Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe.
Over the years, Steve has continued touring and has released 3 more albums. 'The Journey In Story And Song’ (2019) is his latest.
From the 1960's all the way to today; from Edmonton to Nanaimo to Moose Jaw and now Gatineau is a lot of road, and Stephen Hardy Palmer is still playing and still touring.
Grown enough to sing about life and simple pleasures with all the unhurried authority of a quiet and simple folk-singing road-survivor
In 2018 Stephen Palmer was inducted to the Edmonton Music Hall of Fame.
“Nice Playin!”- Valdy
"That's a pretty good way to open a show!" - Stuart McLean (The Vinyl Cafe,
“One of Western Canada’s best singer/songwriters!” Gary Fjellgaard
"My kind of music!" - Paul Mills
"Steve Palmer played our club and definitely won over hearts and minds "-Peter Pirquet, Full Moon Folk Club, Edmonton AB
"With his fine original songs, solid picking and easy-going humour, Steve Palmer earned a strong encore from our very appreciative audience." Vic Bell, Nickelodeon Music Club (Calgary AB)
“Stephen Palmer was a great addition to our Spring line-up, providing depth and variety that was much appreciated by our audience."Heartwood Folk Club, Athabasca AB
“Stephen's heartfelt lyrics, deep melodic vocals and deft guitar work charmed the hall" Mayne Island Folk Club, Mayne BC
“... Steve engages the audience easily and takes them with him on his musical journey. The results are beautiful.” - LWKossey, The Dancing Bean ( Chemainus BC)
“Great songs, great playing and singing, great stage presence. All awesome. “ Carla Nemiroff, Artistic Director, Silverton Gallery BC
"Steve always draws a crowd for his concerts. Very talented man!" Ardyth Clark-Wilson, Leipzig Serenity Centre, SK
"A wonderful evening! Our 'twenty-somethings' enjoyed Steve's concert just as much as all of us older folk. We're looking forward to doing it again next year." -Joan Trott, Artistic Director Hamiota Manitoba
"His knowledge of music history is phenomenal. He sings well and can he ever play a guitar! He should consider teaching and share his knowledge. He explains the history of a song then follows! He interacts with the audience and we all sang along." -Don Tait Quill Lake Arts Council, SK
"A wonderful entertaining everyone thoroughly enjoyed it! Lots of positive comments coming from Steve's concerts."- Cherlyn and Dennis Cain, Westminster United Church, The Pas MB
“A very delightful evening of musical entertainment. Dozens of people commented on how much they enjoyed Steve’s show. Everyone felt we should have more of these types of shows in our small town. Maybe we have started a trend!” -Fern and Jim Klassen, Westlock United Church (Westlock, AB)