Steve Love, an Ryde based musician with a keen sense of humour, is offering Island community groups and charities the opportunity to have him come to entertain them, make them laugh or help raise funds any time in 2020, all for free.
Steve said: “I have been a paid musician for the last 10 years, most recently with Island band ‘The World Famous Alberts’, but I have now retired from the regular band scene. I write and perform chirpy up-beat songs about the ups, downs and quirks of Island life. Ferries, buses, old hippies, festivals, Mermaid Gin, scooter rallies, potholes, DFLs, fishing, the floating bridge of course, and anything else that I can make a song out of. Now I’d like to give something back to the Island’s great community, so if your event is for the community, I’ll be happy to come along and do my show for no charge.”
Steve launched his repertoire of original songs last year. He was also asked to launch the 2019 Isle of Wight Beer and Buses weekend with a song that named all 92 participating pubs, quite a challenge.
He continued: “The highlight so far was opening last year’s ‘All Wight Now’ 50th anniversary celebration of the 1968 Isle of Wight Festival with a specially written song that tells the story of the famous 1968, ’69 and ’70 festivals.”
Steve told The Isle of Wight Observer that he gets most of his ideas from his wife Hilary, who will spot a story about the Island in the paper then challenge him to write a song about it. He said: “I try each song out at the open mic and folk nights on the Island, and I can soon tell if they are going to work. The best ones are those that people can relate to, and that have a catchy tune, bits where people can join in, and a twist at the end.
“My latest efforts are about making a Brexit stockpile entirely out of ‘made on the Isle of Wight’ food and drink, which is currently going big on Facebook, and the St Mary’s roadworks called “The Roadworks from Hell” which I will be testing on my audiences next week.
“I’m now working on a new song, “The Broken Down Ferry Song”, inspired by last week’s Isle Of Wight Observer front page ‘Wightlink say sorry for chaos’ headline .”
Steve would be happy to hear from anyone who would like him to come along and perform and can be found and contacted on Facebook.