"This is no mere jingly Christmas album, but a deep and beautiful recovery of the season of advent, of the darkness
and longing that come before, and give their depth, to joy."
-Malcolm Guite, author of Faith, Hope and Poetry / Ashgate Press, Cambridge, UK
Co-produced by Doc Walker's Murray Pulver, and drawing from the deep pool of Canadian, veteran musicianship,
Keening is a superbly crafted, elegant offering befitting an artist with 16 albums (well over 300,000 sold) and
numerous awards, including two JUNOs and multiple Prairie and Western Canadian Music awards.
Consistent with previous projects is Steve's richly melodic song-craft, sonorous tenor vocals and percussive, fingerstyle
Unique to this project is the evidence of Steve's lyric collaboration and friendship with the celebrated English poet,
Malcolm Guite, whose generous contribution elevates Keening to a level of imaginative insight rarely offered in the
popular music idiom.
Cutting a wide stylistic swath from acoustic roots to symphonic heights, Keening for the Dawn reanimates the rich
currents of meaning underneath the tradition of Christmas.
Since releasing his first independent solo CD in 1989, Bell's rootsy, troubadoric style and whimsical story-telling has
won him concerts world-over, including India, Philippines, Thailand, Ireland, England, Poland, Bulgaria and the US.
Recently his music has drawn the attention of Canada's symphony orchestras, resulting in his 2007 CD Symphony
Sessions (with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra,) and his 2008, award-winning concert DVD with the Edmonton
Symphony Orchestra at the Winspear Centre. In 2011, a rapt capacity-crowd witnessed Steve with the Toronto
Symphony at Massey Hall.
Steve's long commitment to social concerns has helped to raise awareness and significant support for aid
organizations like the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Vision and Compassion Canada. His close association with
the National Roundtable on Homelessness and Poverty has helped draw attention to the plight of Canada's
For this, along with his commitment to excellence in his craft, Steve was awarded the 2012 Queen's Jubilee