Steve JonesLeft: Steve Jones starting a 'Singlish' session at the Macmillan conference 2003
Steve has been performing in folk clubs for over 35 years. He started learning the American 5-string banjo when he was 15 and the guitar a year later. He began his first folk club in 1970 but his best known club was the 'Gallows' in Milnrow, near Rochdale, where he sang with the group the 'Last Drop' (Steve, Paul Ellis and Pat Kearney) from 1977 to 1979.
After the group broke up Steve continued to run the Gallows club until 1988 when a new landlord arrived and the club moved to the Tap and Spile in Rochdale. Steve was the sole resident at the club until 1990 when he moved to St Albans, near London (UK).
In 1999 Steve began his association with English language music in Hungary, regularly performing at the Oxford University Press and MacMillans conferences. He is well known as Father Christmas for OUP and his 'Singlish' course has become a regular feature of conferences generally.
Steve has travelled to schools all over Hungary performing and continues to maintain contact with young English language students through the English Speaking Union of which he is Programme Director.
Steve works as General Secretary of the Robert Burns International Foundation which raises money for Childrens' Hospitals and similar charities.