Stephen Fretwell (born
10 November 1981 in
Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire) is an English singer-songwriter.
attended St. Augustine Webster Primary School in Scunthorpe and St.
Bede's Catholic School in Ashby before furthering his study at
College - It was here that he started his first band
Fretwell is a keen fan of bands of the Brit-pop era, such as
, and Suede
During this period he formed a band; in order to demonstrate his
talent to a wider audience.
After moving to Salford in the autumn of 2000 Stephen started to
gain recognition for his music. He earned notice from magazines
such as NME
. During this period songs such as "Emily" and "What’s
That You Say Little Girl?" were first written.
decided to stay in Manchester permanently, later releasing 8 Songs which
he put out on Northern Ambition, a label owned by a friend.
Fretwell later described it as
'The one I did to prove to myself I could put out one proper
Fretwell left university after only one year, discovering that
education wasn’t for him at this time, after all he’d only managed
to attend two lectures. With this he picked up his guitar and started
to perform at local acoustic nights in the Manchester area. The first of these nights being at The
Roadhouse, a venue that lay in the centre of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
That night Fretwell
impressed a restless and hard to please crowd with his
He later released the Something's Got to Give
, both self-financed
On back of his growing stature and reputation, Fretwell was invited
to support bands such as Travis
and KT Tunstall
While under management by Colin
's and Ian McAndrew's Wildlife entertainment, his debut
, was released in
November 2004. The first single taken from the album was "Run" and
was subsequently followed by "Emily" which was in the Top 10
airplayed songs . His last single was "Four Letter Words EP".
He is known for his curly mop of ginger hair
and gravelly deep voice. He
names his main influence as Bob Dylan
songs are derivative of Dylan's work, and he learnt to play guitar
by playing Dylan's songs on his grandfather's old, unused guitar
He was described by Q Magazine
as 'Scunthorpe's finest export... ever'. This is something Fretwell
describes as flattering but not something he actively encourages.
magazine said 'Not in your face
but in your heart? Yes'. He is signed to Fiction Records and recorded
his album at the Abbey Road Studios.
His version of Jeff Buckley
, appears on the 2005 tribute album
The Songs of Tim and Jeff Buckley
supported Oasis at Marley Park in
Dublin on Saturday 16 July 2005.
His song "Bad Bad You, Bad Bad Me" was featured in the episode of
called The Missionary
His most recent single was called "Scar" and was released on 3
September 2007. It features on his latest new album, Man On The
which was released on 10 September 2007, and features
Stephen also played bass on tour with the Last Shadow Puppets
, the side project of
' Alex Turner
His song " Run “ is the theme tune to the award winning sitcom
Gavin & Stacey
song " Darling Don't " appeared on the third series of the award
winning teen drama skins
- 8 Songs (2002)
- Something's Got to Give (EP)
- The Lines
- Magpie (2004)
- Four Letter Words (EP) (2007)
- Man On the Roof (2007)
- Stephen Fretwell