Fund-raising song is from the heart

Steve Percival (right) with Aran Morland, Rhiannon Phillips and Michael Wilkinson at the launch of the Don't Cry CD to raise funds for a heart charity to help young people with cardiac problems
Steve Percival (right) with Aran Morland, Rhiannon Phillips and Michael Wilkinson at the launch of the Don't Cry CD to raise funds for a heart charity to help young people with cardiac problems
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A SONGWRITER has put pen to paper in a bid to save lives.

Steve Percival’s family friend Levon Morland died in his sleep in 2002, aged 22.

Levon had suffered from heart condition Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome, which causes heart flutters.

Since then, his loved ones have raised thousands of pounds to fund and raise awareness of Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

The latest venture is Don’t Cry, a CD featuring a collection of songs featuring North East musicians which has been released nationwide.

Steve was commissioned to write the title track which centres on loss, with the EP featuring three of his other songs.

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The title track features the Bon Achord 16-member choir, which is based in Durham, and who performed at the launch of the CD at Jubilee Hall in the Morland family’s home village of West Rainton.

Levon’s dad Jeff, who is chairman of the village parish council, is among those singing backing vocals on the tracks, which will be available to buy at HMV in Sunderland and Durham.

Levon’s twin Aran was also among those to join in the CD’s launch celebrations.

Ghanian chief John Lawler and his wife Elaine, a Ghanian Queen, who live in the North East and are related to Steve, also sang on the CD.

Steve, who began his musical career busking on the streets of Durham and went on to record with Kim Fowley and the band Sugarwood, said: “Since losing a friend in 2002 to one of these silent cardiac conditions that kill so many young people in the UK every year, I’ve wanted to write a song for CRY.

“I hope the song acknowledges the inevitable sadness that is felt, but also the importance of treasuring those things that are left you and celebrating a life, however young.

“It was difficult to write but I hope people will find it easy to relate to.”

The release is being backed by Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Wood, who is also a supporter of CRY and has hosted a Parliamentary reception for the cause.

Others to feature on the CD are Will Lang, who also engineered the tracks, Colin Nicholson, Emma Callaghan, Michael Wilkinson, Paul Stevens, Nick Phillips and Barry Henderson, with the songs mixed by Julien Batten.

Last year Steve won the Song for the Sea songwriting competition, held as part of The Tall Ships Festival and was also a finalist in the The UK Songwriting Contest 2011 Acoustic Category this year.

More information about the EP and the charity can be found at www.c-r-y.org.uk

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