Arts Derbyshire


Steve Haywood: Singer/Songwriter

Over a career spanning 30 years in the music industry, Steve has formed various bands that have performed throughout the country and music that is eclectic, covering country/blues, folk and popular music.

Throughout his music career, Steve has worked as a singing teacher at Palfreyman’s Music, Chesterfield, and since 2002 to date has taught in various schools around the county. 

All of his studio projects and numerous albums have been produced and engineered by himself. Many of Steve’s songs have been published, several are within the BBC Archives. He has also worked on commissions with the National Coalmining Museum and recently started working with the Markham Story Mine Project.

Steve’s music can be found on SoundcloudFacebook and the Markham Story Mine webs

This is Steves latest song called Caplight 2023

Steve has Just finished the final version of Caplight 2023. This is the brass band arrangement and male voice choir version.

“I was a miner at Markham Colliery during the 80s. Caplight describes three typical scenes from working down the mine. Working on the Northern Drift was like being on the seafront in winter, clearing coal from around the conveyors, with the main intake fan drawing down a freezing gale. The coal face teams working the shearers and advancing the chocks were some of the mining elite. We had to be on a waiting list to get onto a face team.

The last scene describes working on the haulage sometimes called being “on the tackle. Moving trams of mining equipment up an old return gate such as “209s” was like being in the tropics, as most of the ventilation air was exhausted”



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