Throughout 2020 Steve returned to media production with a plethora of podcasts and the recording of narration and background music for an interactive museum installation:
28 Dales Later Podcast
Steve founded the 28 Dales Later series with Yorkshire folk musician Johnny Campbell and Lancaster-based mountain guide Natalie Wilson. With contributions from guest presenters, they have produced over 20 full episodes, bonus episodes and accompanying blogs which celebrate different landscapes, aspect of heritage and nature around the north of England. In December 2020, 28 Dales Later hit a high spot of #25 in the Apple Podcast Charts for Outdoors and Travel shows.
Lyre Lyre Podcast
Steve's initial foray into podcasting which was spurred on by a desire to stay connected with audiences of his regular storytelling, music and poetry nights at Moorforge Viking Settlement.
Series 1: Longfellow In Lockdown Steve's initial foray into podcasting examined the relevance of American poet HW Longfellow in the context of lockdown.
Series 2: Murderous Muncaster A collection of spooky tales from the Lake District's amazing castle and other stories from around Cumbria.
COMING SOON Series 3: The Saga Of King Olaf
Dramatic recitations of the poems from Longfellow's Tales of a Wayside Inn that tell the story of King Olaf Tryggvason's conversion of Norway and Iceland to Christanity. Features Scandinavian folk music recorded specially for the podcast by Phil Keen.
Beacon 360 Exhibition
Steve recorded the voiceover and background music for a permanent, interactive exhibit at The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven. Produced by PEEL Interactive, Beacon 360 uses amazing animations and archive images to reveal the hidden heritage of Whitehaven's skyline. The background music is a mix of original compositions and traditional Cumbrian folk tunes.