Folk artists have created a compact disc to raise funds in memory of a talented Marton songwriter who died of a tragic illness last year.

The album, From the Heart of the Folk World, features music from folk and contemporary acts, including the famous Fairport Convention.

It was launched at Record Savings, on White Lion Walk in Banbury last Wednesday (August 9) and has been produced by Stevie Horton, from Eathorpe and other Warwickshire folk artists to raise money for the Teenager Cancer Trust.

The artists were inspired to put the album together in memory of Lee Fawcett, from Marton and Pauline Walsh from Cropredy, Oxfordshire.

Lee died from non-Hodgkinsons lymphoma last year at the age of 26.

Stevie Horton said: "Steve was almost my son-in-law. He had been going out with my daughter for two years before he was struck down by the illness. He couldn't go out much so he used to spend a lot of his time writing songs. We miss him very much."

A talented song writer, one of Lee's songs 'You Walk With Me' has been recorded on the album by Andy Gutteridge and Friends.

Mrs Horton said: "We thought that Andy had a voice most like Lee's. We thought it would be good to record one of his song's because it serves as a poignant reminder that there are so many talented people who get struck down by this terrible disease. We gave Andy a choice of four songs and he chose 'You Walk With Me.' It's a very moving song."

The album also includes music performed by Vikki Clayton, Colvin Quarmby, Joyce Gang and Richard Thompson.

It can be purchased from PO Box 1957, Eathorpe, Leamington Spa, CV33 9YG or email.