Musician who once slept rough plays free concert for homeless charities

Knew tough times… Steph Macleod
28 Aug 2013 @ 4.34 pm
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Knew tough times… Steph Macleod
Knew tough times… Steph Macleod

Scottish singer songwriter Steph MacLeod is staging a free concert for people who mean a lot to him – homeless charity workers.

Steph knows at first hand the importance of the work they do. He was once sleeping rough, abusing alcohol and drugs and facing death. But then he was taken in by Edinburgh homeless charity The Bethany Christian Trust.

“They helped me to get back on my feet through the tough times,” he said.

Today Steph is a singer and songwriter who tells his story through music. And he is giving a free York concert on Thursday, September 5 at the invitation of a number of charities and church members who serve homeless people. He will perform at Calvary Chapel on Barbican Road at 7.30pm.

Earlier the same day he will be entertaining people at the Never Give Up Group that provides a meal in The Belfrey Hall on Stonegate for homeless people and rough sleepers. The following day he is visiting the York Arc Light which provides shelter and support for people who are homeless.

Steph will be singing and talking about how his faith rescued him from the streets. “Even when I was homeless, living on the streets of Edinburgh, and fighting alcohol and drug addiction, Jesus spoke to me; a nobody; a down and out on death’s doorstep,” he said.

The concert on September 5th is free to anyone who wants to come along and hear Steph’s incredible and moving story of how his life has been turned around. Everyone is welcome.


  • Among the groups supporting the concert are Restore (York) Ltd, a housing charity that provides supported accommodation for 22 people in six houses in York; and The Besom, which aims to “sweep away poverty”
  • For more information about Steph Macleod, visit his website