Steve Wickham was born in Dublin in 1960 and studied violin with Nell Kane at the Royal College of Music ( now DIT) in Chatam Row, Dublin.
Wickham is perhaps best known for his energetic violin playing with the Waterboys with whom he has been a member since 1985. He has recorded with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Declan O Rourke, Sharon Shannon, and Sinead O Connor to name a few. He played the fiddle on U2’s classic ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’.
Steve also plays viola, guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, concertina, didjeridoo, whistle, kalimba, ocarina, Wickham generally records and arranges strings in his own studio at the Model, Sligo.
He continues to record and tour extensively with the Waterboys and has appeared on most of their 14 albums including the classic ‘Fisherman’s Blues’ and ’This is the Sea’.
Between 97/99 Steve was commissioned by the Abbey Theatre to compose music for two Irish language plays by Tom McIntyre; Caoineadh Art O Laoghaire and The Midnight Court. Following on from working with Director/Writer Michael Harding in the Abbey, Steve composed music for for several of Michael Harding’s plays including ‘Sleeping a Lovesong’ ‘Bogdances’ and ‘Talking Through His Hat’.
Wickham has composed, arranged and recorded music for award winning ‘ A Dublin Story ‘ directed by Graham Cantwell (2003) and Johnny Gogan’s ’Prisoners of the Moon’ (2019) and ‘the Nuncio and the Writer’ (2018)
Steve also writes and records with his own band The NoCrows based in Sligo.