The Hairdressers are Robyn Steward (trumpet with fx) and Kathy Hulme (cello)
Kathy Hulme is perhaps best known for her work with the Honkies in the 80’s, but more recently has played with her duo the C siders with Rob Storey (Club integral). She also performs solo; singing and spoken word. She is an Alexander Technique teacher and has worked in music education for the last 20 years as a Kodaly music educator.
Upon attending a spaceheads gig in January 2016 Robyn Steward realised she came from the same planet as Trumpet player Andy Diagram and drummer Richard Harrison ( both formally of the honkies). Robyn started to incorporate effects into her trumpet and now sounds like the love child of the honkies , and now plays with a pedalboard resembling a spacecraft ready for adventure. Robyn has several duos ( jazz biscuits, Two horns) a trio Robyn and the bar stewards and a on hiatus band of 5 trumpets and 1 keyboard “ Robyn Steward and the Hatonauts”. Robyn has now used her skills to educate others in looping , her personal experiences of disability enable her to connect with others in a unique way.
Robyn will speak on a panel at South by South west ( SXSW) this year about neuro diversity and inclusion of artists with learning disabilities and autism in the music industry , Robyn receives practical support e.g navigating forms , and help managing her disabillites so they dont get in the way ( Robyn feels disability makes her no less of a musician and is determined to break down peoples misconceptions of disability in music all the music making and creativity comes from Robyn ) from Heart N Soul who belive in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities (www.heartnsoul.co.uk). Robyn is Autistic had written 2 books and is a visiting research associate at UCL focusing on making the voices of autistic people heard and respected.