Steve’s soap song success

Musician Steve Kinsey of Newton Le Willows' St Helens whose record is to be played on episodes of Coronation Street.
Musician Steve Kinsey of Newton Le Willows' St Helens whose record is to be played on episodes of Coronation Street.
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A CATCHY song dreamt up by a St Helens musician in a moment of pure inspiration is set to be beamed into millions of living rooms - not once, but twice.

Coronation Street bosses loved a demo track recorded right here in St Helens so much that they have decided to feature it twice on the long-running soap in the next 10 days.

The song, My Parade, was recorded by a local musical collective called This Kindred Spirit at the Catalyst Studios in St Helens town centre.

Guitarist Steve Kinsey, who penned the lyrics and arranged the music, said: “It’s strange to think that millions of people are going to hear a song that just suddenly came to me one day in my head. That’s what I call getting your music to a mass audience!

“I must have written more than 200 songs in my time but this was the only one that ever came to me in its entirety. It was cathartic. I could hear the music and the words and knew I had to get to a guitar as soon as possible to make it work.

“I’ve been told that it’s going to be featured on Corrie on August 12 and August 19. I’m not sure where, but I imagine it will be used in the background either in the cafe, at the factory or at the Rovers.”

Aside from Steve, This Kindred Spirit are made up of two other members of St Helens Council’s music service, drummer Ian Haskell and violinist Dave Storey, as well as a trio of other musicians.

In their day jobs, Steve, Ian and Dave teach music in St Helens primary schools - most recently in the likes of St Mary’s and St Thomas, Blackbrook and Eccleston Mere.

Steve describes My Parade, which was recorded and engineered by Andy Bowes at Catalyst Studios, as “alternative country”.

It is available to buy now online at: www.cdbaby.com

Steve, 47, of Newton-le-Willows, added: “It’s not every day that you send a demo off to Granada and they say how much they like it. I’m very proud of the song though and we just want to see how far we can go with it.

“Who knows, if we got lots of downloads we might even enter the charts.”