Phil Ryan, who worked with Big Issue founder Lord John Bird 26 years ago to launch the magazine, has released self-penned single Walking Down This Lonely Street with the hope of securing festive glory – and supporting vulnerably housed or homeless people over the winter.
The song addresses the loneliness and mental isolation that many people face on the streets, particularly as the Christmas festivities move into full swing and comes complete with original music video.
And though mega-stars Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé may have just unveiled their Perfect team-up, Phil’s tune has already got the backing of the Big Issue vendors. The single is available now on all major music online stores, including the iTunes and Google Play stores, priced at just 99p with all proceeds going to The Big Issue Company to support their work in dismantling poverty.
Now we’re asking you, Big Issue readers to share your own version of the song – we’ve even given you the chords and lyrics to help you along. Make sure to share your efforts with us on Facebook and Twitter.