Stuart Wolfenden is a well-known actor who has appeared during his 38 year career in dramas such as Making Out, Clocking Off, Blue Murder, Jimmy McGovern's Accused and more recently Years and Years and Shane Meadows' The Virtues.
Stuart became well established in Soap Land with his appearances in Emmerdale and as Mark Casey the Mechanic in Coronation Street from 1989 to 1992. He recently appeared as nasty Terry Hay, the stepfather to Ste Hay (Kieron Richardson), in Hollyoaks.
His film career began back 1992 when he took on a role in Jim Sheridan's In The Name Of The Father. He has since appeared in Films such as Oranges and Sunshine, The Pebble and The Boy, and the award-winning cult film Dead Man's Shoes from director Shane Meadows of which his character Herbie has become one of his most recognised roles to date.
Stuart first started singing in bands in his teens and in 1992 he released the single Too Many People written for him by Russ Ballard (who also wrote Since You Been Gone by Rainbow). He appeared up and down the Country on many Radio Stations to promote the single alongside the likes of Boys To Men and Edwin Starr, and he performed a live session on Dr Fox's Capital Radio Show.
Fast forward to 2019, dressed as Superman on his Stag do, Stuart and his friend, the musician-songwriter Daren Reece Lamberton (DRL), concluded their collaboration plans to record an album which turned out to be an eclectic collection of 9 songs inspired by every-day stories. DRL has been influenced by a variety of musical legends, from Led Zeppelin to Bill Withers and from Jimmy Hendrix to Stevie Wonder.
Songs From A Common Man was recorded at Lisa Stansfield's private studio Gracieland where it was engineered and produced by Stephen Boyce Buckley. Backing vocals were performed by Sue Quin & Ian Wilson (Sad Cafe) and the string section on Clay was played by a quartet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
27th July 2020
Paul Watson talks with Stuart Wolfenden and DRL about how their collaboration started, what the album Songs Of A Common Man is about and some of the ins and outs of the songs
31st July 2020
On this Friday afternoon you can listen to Stuart being interviewed by Steve Royle
From Deep Purple to Deacon Blue.
From Bad Company to The Smiths and Prefab Sprout.
Vocal influences are Steve Perry, Johnny Cash, Darryl Hall, Paul Rogers and Stevie Wonder