Beat goes on for songwriter

PERFORMING a song about Ipswich's football hero Kevin Beattie in front of the man himself will be a dream come true for Ipswich songwriter Asa Jennings.

PERFORMING a song about Ipswich's football hero Kevin Beattie in front of the man himself will be a dream come true for Ipswich songwriter Asa Jennings.

The 28-year-old has penned a song about ITFC's legend and the team's aspirations for the future and is set to perform it for the first time at his gig tomorrow afternoon.

Beattie, who has already heard the track 'Call Upon The Beat' and loved it, will be joining Mr Jennings' fans for the gig at the Milestone Pub in Woodbridge Road.

At the tender age of two, Mr Jennings was taken to his first Town home game, which was Beattie's testimonial match. Since then the singer-songwriter, who jacked in his full time job a couple of years ago to pursue his dream, has been an avid football fan-only missing a total of six home games.

He has grown up hearing and seeing old footage of former star players, such as Beattie and John Wark, and decided to write a song in honour of this.

Mr Jennings said: “I was writing stuff for my second album and there had been a few words I was playing about with like legends and heroes.

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“My dad was talking to Kevin [Beattie], because they go back a long way, and he said to him, 'seeing as Asa has watched you play, you should watch him play'.

I heard about this and started writing a song about him. It is not a cheesy tribute song but it is about how Kevin and players like him put Ipswich on the map and also about people can achieve if they put their minds to it.”

When Beattie heard a recorded acoustic version of the track, he loved it and was even singing from the rhythm sheet.

Mr Jennings, whose first album sold in 23 countries worldwide, added: “It was very surreal but a proud moment. He loved the lyrics so I was really happy with that.”

Mr Jennings' second album is hoped to be released next year. His two-hour set on Sunday will begin at 4.30pm.

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