Star helps songwriter Craig realise his heart's desire

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PLASTERER turned songwriter Craig Veitch knows a thing or two about sticking at it - his first self-penned CD goes on sale at Sheffield's two HMV stores tomorrow, with a little help from The Star.

The 37-year-old worked doggedly to realise his year-long dream of writing 14 songs, recording them with the help of 11 homegrown acts and getting the resulting CD into the shops - and it's all for a good cause.

HMV has generously agreed to stock the album - Bang In The Heart Of Sheffield - at no charge, which means all profits from the 6 disc goes to the British Heart Foundation.

For Craig it is the culmination of an odyssey into songwriting which began in February last year when he rashly challenged himself to pen 14 songs in 28 days.

Success saw him come up with a plan to record the tracks, as played by local acts including The Jives, Greg Bish, Panacea, Beggars Empire, The Janskys, and his own band The Temporaries.

Once that was done he decided to organise a gig - and the launch show at the Leadmill in December brought the house down.

The agreement with HMV, negotiated by The Star, is the icing on the cake. Bang In The Heart Of Sheffield will be in the New Releases section tomorrow.

Craig, of Upperthorpe, said the project nearly derailed several times, but he battled through. And although stressful at times, he said he loved every minute.

He added: "It's been hectic and tough. I was especially nervous about the gig, we had to change venues at the last minute and it was the first time I'd played live in 10 years. I'm very grateful to HMV for their support and Attic studios in Neepsend for giving what must be weeks of studio time. Who knows, I might do it again. Next time it's got to be easier!"

An HMV spokesman said: "HMV is delighted to be supporting Craig's charity. We hope the campaign raises as much awareness as funds."

The album is also available to download at iTunes and Amazon.

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