Well-known Isle of Wight singer and songwriter Steve Love has brought out a new compilation of songs about Island life.

The album, entitled A Donkey Called Rose, is dedicated to his family’s favourite donkey at the IW Donkey Sanctuary.

Steve’s chirpy upbeat songs are all inspired by the Island and the idea for the title track came from a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary, where his family called in for coffee and came away having fallen in love with Rose and adopted her.

There are twenty other songs on the album, which is available as a CD or by download.

Isle of Wight County Press: Steve Love and his favourite donkey, RoseSteve Love and his favourite donkey, Rose (Image: Contributions)

On his album, Steve has songs about a lively hovercraft ride, being late for the ferry, an eventful trip to Appley Beach, a bad-tempered seagull, the story of how the Island was made, where your ferry fare goes, a lovesick fellow from Wellow, the floatie, a hike up Tennyson, and many more.

People often ask Steve where he gets his song ideas from, he said: "Audiences often suggest them, they say, 'you need to do a song about so-and-so'.

“The Isle of Wight County Press is a great source too, I scour it every week for titbits of local news, and as often as not there is an idea for a song in there somewhere.”

Steve performs at music events all over the Island and told the County Press that he is always happy to turn out to entertain without a fee for Island community groups and charities.

“It’s my way of saying thank you to the Island,” he says, “just ask.”

Steve’s CD will soon be on sale at the Donkey Sanctuary shop, but, for this week, it is available direct from Steve Love at an introductory price of £5 by contacting him on email at stelov1@yahoo.co.uk quoting ‘IWCP’.