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Steven Murphy (Guitar)

Steve first picked up the guitar at the age of nine and became obsessed with the instrument from the word go.  He received his first electric guitar as a Christmas gift from his parents at the age of 11 and spent the rest of that day locked in the bedroom playing it.  That same year he started lessons with tutor Jimmy Murrison, of Nazareth fame.  At 13, he formed his first band ‘Tight Curves’ in high school and this outfit played numerous school dances and shows to great acclaim.  Steve subsequently enrolled at the highly regarded music course at Perth College (UHI) in order to further his skills (he would eventually become a lecturer at this institution specialising in guitar performance and theory).   Whist in college, Steve joined a working function band called 'Four Track' and being a very busy outfit, he made more than his peers at the age of 16.  When he turned 18, he joined heavy rock covers group 'Kick' which was fronted by ex 'Fiction Factory' bassist Graeme McGregor.  This moved proved a great learning experience as this unit toured extensively throughout Scotland.

At the same time, Steve also decided to give guitar lessons and pass his knowledge to students of all ages.  Although he found it increasingly difficult to continue his practice regime because of his busy schedule, Steve maintained this thus mirroring his biggest influences: Paul Gilbert (Mr Big), Vinnie Moore (UFO) and John Petricci (Dream Theater) - all virtuoso musicians that Steve aspired to be.  In 2005, Steve entered the 'National Guitar Hero' competition and came 1st out of 3,000 entrants.  This opened doors and the same year he was invited to join Dougie 'Caledonia' Maclean's touring band.  In 2007, he joined 'The Lizzys, a Thin Lizzy tribute.  Soon after this Steve realised that it was time for him to step into the spotlight and put together a working unit that could interpret his complex music for a live setting.  Together with former 'Lizzy' virtuoso drummer, Davie Watson, the band 'Meltdown' was formed.

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