Mu­sic is the food of love to car­ing band

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket -

A car­ing Coat­bridge mu­si­cian is us­ing his dul­cet tones to give some­thing back to those less for­tu­nate in his home town.

Stephen Kir­ley will do­nate all pro­ceeds from sales of his new EP to Coat­bridge Food­bank.

Team­ing up with friend John Leonard, 35, Blairhill man Stephen launches the four-track al­bum this Fri­day.

The 33-year-old told the Ticket:“John and I recorded the EP live at Bath­gate Re­gal Theatre in May and de­cided that we should do some­thing mean­ing­ful with it.

“We came to the de­ci­sion that all of the pro­ceeds would go di­rectly to the food­bank.

“We hope as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble buy the EP so we can do our bit for peo­ple in Coat­bridge strug­gling to put food on their ta­bles.”

Stephen and John ini­tially formed the acous­tic duo Hitman Hooker back in 2001 af­ter meet­ing at univer­sity and played un­til 2004.

But their paths took sev­eral dif­fer­ent turns be­fore they joined forces once again and Stephen ex­plained:“Af­ter leav­ing univer­sity, John went to live in Cu­par while I stayed in Coat­bridge, and both of us went on to form other groups.

“I formed the band Ri­p­ley and John formed Cos­mic Fish.

“John and I still regularly meet up and on a visit ear­lier this year we de­cided we should get Hitman Hooker back to­gether.”

All of Hitman Hook­ers’EPs – in­clud­ing the new re­lease ben­e­fit­ing the food­bank out on Fri­day – are avail­able by con­tact­ing Stephen or John at www.face­book.com/ Hit­man­HookerUk

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