Suffolk man Keith Sadler releases album Savour Life: Recorded Live at The John Peel Centre

Keith Sadler at his home in Stowmarket.

Keith Sadler at his home in Stowmarket. - Credit: Gregg Brown

A singer-songwriter from Suffolk whose life turned in a different direction due to health problems has released an album.

Keith Sadler performing on stage. Photo credit: Owen Clarke.

Keith Sadler performing on stage. Photo credit: Owen Clarke. - Credit: Archant

Keith Sadler, who was raised in Ipswich and now lives in Stowmarket, has been making music since he was a teenager but he made his career in teaching religious education.

The 35-year-old’s latest role was at East Bergholt High School, but in 2009 he was forced to stop working when he suffered a mini stroke, or a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Mr Sadler, who lives with wife Anna, was later diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as ME.

“Music was something I kept doing even though I couldn’t do very much, so I realised that is what is important to me,” Mr Sadler said.

“I did it more and more so we took the decision this year that I would go full-time.

“The prognosis isn’t super but I feel good and it’s great to do something I enjoy.

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“I don’t think I would be doing music now if it wasn’t for my health problems, so it’s funny how things work out.”

The album, called Savour Life, was recorded in front of a live audience at The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, with Fern Teather on percussion and vocals; Sam Thurlow on percussion; Jonathan Coy playing guitar and bass and Oliver Arditi also playing bass. Mr Sadler’s wife also plays the shaky egg – similar to a maraca – in one of his tracks.

“I was inspired to do something live because I did the EP in the studio and found that environment quite sterile,” Mr Sadler added.

“I think it’s far more exciting to perform music with people in the moment because connecting with people in performance for me is what it’s all about.”

Describing his music as acoustic singer-songwriter, Mr Sadler said it also had a “slight world music touch”, influenced by artists such as Paul Simon.

On top of putting on gigs across the region, Mr Sadler has been busking for shoppers on the streets of Stowmarket and Bury St Edmunds.

“It’s been great connecting with people where they are, rather than dragging people to gigs,” Mr Sadler said.

“It’s great to see people smiling and to hopefully spread a bit of joy.”

Mr Sadler and his band, which together are called Keith Sadler & Friends, will headline a show at Cult Cafe on Ipswich Waterfront on June 10.

To download or purchase Saviour Life, visit: www.keithsadlermusic.com