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Romeo and Juliet

by Stephen Wheel

Hand In Hand 04:46


In 1985 my sister and I went with my Dad to buy an Alfo Romeo from his friend. Driving off there was a tape left in the player, Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits. I was 9 and Money For Nothing introduced me to the electric guitar. A couple of years later the same mate gave me my first guitar, a Hofner acoustic, and off I went on the road of music. Dire Straits were my first band and through the love of Mark Knopfler's guitar I persevered on my Hofner. Hand in Hand is one of the first songs I learned to play and sing when I was about 14.

Cue July 2021 and Gareth is visiting from Pennsylvania. We always make some music when we get together, and so decide to record two tunes from the Making Movies album in my front room with our friend Rob on piano. So, we record Romeo & Juliet and Hand In Hand live, as a kind of virtual 7" single harking back to 1980. Romeo and Juliet is the A side and Hand in Hand is the B side.

The artwork, by Kirsten McTernan, is based on that idea of a 7 inch single from the early 80s - black and white photos on the yellowing sleeve. I wanted it to look a bit like the Making Movies cassette I used to listen to with my granddad in the car when I was about 10. I still have the tape!


released November 29, 2021

Words and Music by Mark Knopfler

Stephen Wheel - Vocal and Guitar
Gareth Dylan Smith - Percussion
Robert Young - Piano
Charlie Francis - Bass Overdubs

Recorded on 26th July 2021 by Stephen Wheel
Mixed and Mastered by Charlie Francis
Artwork by Kirsten McTernan


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Stephen Wheel Cardiff, UK

Stephen Wheel is a Welsh singer songwriter, composer and producer. One of his tracks featured in the BBC Three TV series Being Human, & his music has been played on national BBC radio, and he has been Artist of the Week on BBC Radio Wales. His entire output has been archived in the British Library in London, preserved forever. He owns far too many guitar pedals. ... more

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