Steve McKay – Whistle

You’re going to want to know Hamilton-native Steven McKay; he’s the requisite friend, embodying wit, wry, quirk, smirk and honest, authentic soul-shining celebrity. At least, that’s what his requisite friends think. A classically-trained percussionist, McKay found a warm seat in the generally welcoming arena of “sunshine prog-folk.”

This singer/songwriter is only recently hip to the notion of writing songs. Having spent most of his growth behind a drum set, it was a stint in his university band ‘FUN!’ followed by an equal turn in The Sprigs that brought the pen to paper for McKay. This new turn brought him into co-founding The Deviance, a literary rock outfit dedicated to bringing high school classics to the stage as well as an astounding solo venture.

In the years since songwriting kicked his fancy, McKay – as a soloist – has spent time pushing the limits of Bluegrass, Bossa Nova and Dixieland with some old analog synth sounds creating a new flavour as unique, well-rounded and progressive as McKay is himself.

McKay’s solo debut EP release Whistle on Put On Your Drinking Cap Records this January is long anticipated and warmly welcomed by those already familiar with McKay’s sound. While pressing play, expect a engaging record, full of wit, wry, quirk, smirk and that honest, authentic soul-shining celebrity we’ve been trying to explain to you this whole time.