Steve Martland – Liverpudlian, individualist, anti-classical establishment, t-shirt wearer, unmistakably himself – has died, aged 53. Refusing to recognise musical boundaries, he wrote works of the most direct expression, often using pop music devices to bring over his message. He hated Thatcherism with a passion and took music whenever he could out on the road, into the lives of ordinary people. He is utterly irreplaceable.
An announcement from his publisher, Schott, says that Steve died in his sleep on the night of 6 May 2013.