Owen Steel was raised equally between a farmhouse in rural Prince Edward Island and a rambling, seaside hotel in small town New Brunswick - the latter playing host to an array of touring musicians who instilled in him an interest in song craft as a boy. Tied to a wide span of curiosities, he has released an assortment of idiosyncratic garage / folk material that runs the gamut from simple and coy, to ugly and bizarre.
Touring in sporadic bursts since 2008, supporting numerous independent releases as well as with bands The Belle Comedians, Mike Trask & The Precious Memories, and Dana Sipos, O has popped up in corners from Newfoundland to the Yukon, the streets of Austin, Texas, and various European locales. From folk festivals to freak festivals; basement bars to revered soft seat theatres; by thumb, boat, band van and train; In the process making his way under the radar and into the ears of a small but mighty group of listeners.
The past year has seen the young tune-smith involve himself artistically by partaking in a Banff Centre Residency, where he worked with engineer / producer Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire). And most recently he has colloborated and recorded with both classical harpist Sarah Pagé (The Barr Bros), and Fredericton based weirdo ensemble, Motherhood: A project which will see a softly released EP in the fall, coinciding with an original quasi comic book!