Ali’s return

Good luck to Wanstead singer songwriter Ali MacQueen whose new single, Loretto, is released today.

Ali is known to Wanstead Fringe regulars as the man behind the annual acoustic night which has become a regular highlight of the week’s events. The song represents a return to writing and releasing songs after a enforced break in his musical career because of a brain operation. On Loretto, Ali plays most of the instruments himself, including guitars, drums, keyboards, Hammond organ and shakers. It has been well-received by reviewers.

Ali says: “Loretto came about in one of those fleeting moments of life, walking down a backstreet just north of Oxford Street. At the end of this alleyway was some graffiti, which was tagged ‘Loretto’, and that was it.

“By the time I walked out from the backstreet and out back on to the street, I was humming the chorus. It was pretty catchy, and the vibe was nice that day, so I recorded the melody on my phone, caught the Tube home and began to work the chords out.”

The song is available to stream on Spotify, and can also be heard here.