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Stephen Fretwell


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Stephen Fretwell (born November 10, 1981) is an English singer-songwriter from Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

Stephen attended St. Augustine Webster Primary School in Scunthorpe and St. Bede’s Catholic School in Ashby before furthering his study at John Leggott College - It was here that he started his first band ‘Label’.

Fretwell is a keen fan of bands of the Brit-pop era, such as Oasis, Blur, The Bluetones, Radiohead, 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, Q Magazine. During this period songs such as Emily and What’s That You Say Little Girl? were first written.

Fretwell 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 record’.

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 performance.


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  • boppzo

    Is he still alive ?

    29 Jun 2:14pm Reply
  • steadymindful

    We miss you Stephen! <3 [2]

    28 May 12:42pm Reply
  • EmilyElectric0

    We miss you Stephen! <3

    19 May 8:18pm Reply
  • firefly2811

    no shouts for magpie cmon people its a great cd.

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • firefly2811

    a new album to listen to would be nice.

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • Austintayeshus

    Saw in him in Reno/Sparks USA many years ago in a small pub. Never heard of him at that point. Still blew me away with a solo acoustic set and I shook his hand at the bar over a local brew while Leslie Feist played 'Mushaboom' in the same room. Seems like a strange dream now. Feel very privileged.

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bergfalke

    It's driving me crazy... I know some song that has exatly the same main melody as "the ground beneath her feet". But i can't put my finger on it. Anyone?

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • DanhQuan

    You know, it has been years. Now where are you, Stephen?

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • silvasonicsurfa

    ...someone called Fretwell from Scunthorpe trying to make his way as a singer songwriter? On that basis he's surely going to be up against it, but at least the most important thing, i.e. the music, has got it going on for him, so he may have a fighting chance....good stuff....(and good luck!)...

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Legioner87

    Супер. Душевно. Необычно.

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DonPauliano

    Run is a great song, you sound something like nizlopi. Great sound!

    2 Dec 2011 Reply
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  • pattash

    one of the best albums i own, never get tired of listening to it.

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • locketelli

    loving this guy. He has the soul of a folk singer

    12 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Eldron

    yeah, Play is amazing

    25 Aug 2011 Reply
  • dhaw

    Play is def the best song by Stephen Fretwell! Its got a feeling of serenity in it!

    11 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Eimear

    Where are you? :-(

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Jewce

    more please

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • GreenAppleBo

    "play"-amazing song <3

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
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