SIX years ago Steph Macleod found himself in Rehab for homeless men with addiction problems.
Now clean and sober, the singer/songwriter is coming to Lewis on the invitation of Martin’s Memorial Church to share his experiences with others and tell his tale of the personal faith which transformed his life.
Steph had once been a promising classical guitar student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, but personal problems stemming from his teenage years led him to escape using alcohol and drugs, living homeless on the streets of Edinburgh and begging for money to fund his habit.
However, during his eight month rehabilitation in 2006, Steph picked up a guitar for the first time in years and began to write songs about his experiences of substance abuse and homelessness.
After leaving the addiction centre, he continued to write music and started performing in and around his local area. A year later he had married and started a family which greatly influenced his writing.
With the help of friends and college students, Steph was able to continue recording and performing around the UK and has played at festivals like The Retrofest, The Belladrum Festival, The Wizard Festival and The Spratton Folk Festival.
He has also competed and won the 2009 Troubadour Acoustic Singer Songwriter competition in Berlin, Germany; and for the last two years has been performing with his band The Whiney Shuffle.
Steph also writes and performs music that is greatly influenced by his faith and in 2009, with the kind help of Origin Scotland’s Exile Band, he wrote and recorded a 12 track Christian album which is a personal account of his walk in faith and the impact it has had on his recovery from alcohol and drug abuse.
During his island visit, Steph will be attending an Open Meeting and Evening of Music at Martin’s Memorial Church on Wednesday, June 6th at 7.30pm; as well as a Dinner Meeting, for men, in the Caberfeidh Hotel on Thursday, June 7th, ticket cost £15.