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Born in Budapest, István Etiam is a Hungarian singer/songwriter living in the UK. His songs fall into the blues-pop category. He plays electric and acoustic guitar, slide guitar and harmonica. István enjoys performing live and loves the buzz of being on stage and connecting with the audience. He regularly performs in the UK as well as on the Continent.
His EP ‘Faith’, which is the first in a trilogy of ‘Faith, Hope, Love’, was released in 2016. His second EP ‘Hope’ came out on 1 March 2019 and he plans to record and release the third EP ‘Love’ in the latter part of 2019.
One of István’s early projects was East Meets West, an acoustic duo he formed with David Buckley in 1990. They toured on the continent and in 1992 performed at the Glastonbury festival.
In 2001, István won a special prize with his song ‘Yuri Gagarin’ at the Voice of Russia (now Sputnik Radio) competition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic flight. István is hoping that one day he will perform his song in Star City, Russia, where Gagarin, the first man in space, took off in 1961.
He started his other project in 2005 when he persuaded his friend Andy ‘Thunderclap’ Newman to come out of retirement and reform Thunderclap Newman, the band that had a UK number 1 hit in 1969 with ‘Something in The Air’. With David Buckley, his partner from the East Meets West days, he put The Thunderclap Newman Band together. They played mainly in the London area, in venues such as the 100 Club in Oxford Street. Though the band was well received, its members went their separate ways in 2010 and Andy passed away in 2016.