Local Talent: Lost Trains
By Dave Webber
Imagine a room filled with 3,000 LPs: row upon row of vinyl from floor to ceiling, with every imaginable kind of music. As a young boy, Stephen ‘Nobby’ Wright would spend hours poring over his Great Uncle’s music collection. But it would be another 15 years before Stephen picked up a guitar.
I still remember listening to Jerry and Pacemakers, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison’ he tells me, ‘and I was obsessed by the Beatles. By the age of 3 or 4 I could pick out my favourites by the grooves in the record, and my Great Uncle Ronald would fill in all the details – who had produced them, how many times they were recorded and where. I was so inspired.’
Listening to music was a big part of Nobby’s life as he grew up, but he only began to make it at the age of twenty after a Mancunian called called Matt Deas persuaded him to form a band. They stayed together for the next three years as Keystone and grew a bit of a cult following, but drifted apart as they went in different directions in 2006.
Despair really sunk in for Nobby after he was diagnosed with an eye condition which at one point risked him losing his eyesight. One evening he found himself sitting in the corner of a pub feeling miserable, listening to a guitarist playing in the other corner of the room. A man came over to him and they got chatting about his son, who was the guitarist. By the end of the evening, Nobby had picked up a guitar and was inspired to start making music again.
The next day found Nobby in the home studio of his new friends, laying down a recording of Heartfelt Blues after a seven year break from music. ‘It wasn’t my best ever performance!’ he admits, but it inspired him so much he began practising every day for up to two hours.
The next step was performing on the local music circuit, which he admits didn’t start well, but he forced himself to play local mic nights up to four times a week. After six months it came together and he became a more accomplished performer. ‘Playing to an audience makes all the difference’ he says, ‘you gauge what people like and you can’t stop if you make a mistake, you learn to play on and the mistakes get less and less.’
Last summer he began jamming with Emilie Eleonore, a singer and musician local to Worcester, and together they’ve now formed a new band called Lost Trains. Last summer they played a few festivals and right now they are busy building a new set list with more material including a number called ‘Magnetic Heart’ which they are really excited about.
They’re recording some tracks and can be found most weeks at the West Malvern Social Club. They’ll be performing around the area in the next few months and you can find out more on their Facebook page, Instagram and Soundcloud.