Seasick Steve began touring back in the 60s, and since then has worked, on and off, as a session musician and studio engineer. He has explained his nickname came about because he got sick on boats. At one time, living in Paris, he made his living busking, mostly on the metro, but recorded his first album in 2001 after moving to Norway.
He made his first UK television appearance on Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny BBC TV show on New Year's Eve 2006 and his popularity exploded in Britain, winning the 2007 MOJO Award for Best Breakthrough Act and going on to appear at major UK festivals such as Reading, Leeds and Glastonbury. In 2007 he played more UK festivals than any other artist and he has also played many other festivals throughout the world.
In an interview with an Australian magazine, Seasick Steve attributed much of his unlikely success to his cheap and weather-beaten guitar, The Three-String Trance Wonder. Last year, in addition to several festival appearances, he performed live on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2 and appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.
In May this year, he played a one off sell out benefit concert in support of the Dogs Trust at the Royal Albert Hall, London, supported by London based violinist Georgina Leach and Dan Magnussen and in August headlined at Victorious Festival in Southsea, Portsmouth. UK.