AN ISLE of Wight musician has joined forces with a 90s Britpop star to share a festive treat with fans later this year.

Ryde based artist and author, Jamie Fineran — former frontman of Ventnor indie folk rockers The Kurves — has teamed up with guitarist Andy Miller from Dodgy, who sold more than one million albums worldwide, reaching a zenith with seminal platinum LP Free Peace Suite in 1996.

Jamie said: “Several months ago, I picked up my guitar and wrote Milly, a Christmas theme based on a homeless and fictitious 14-year-old person.

"The same day, I accidentally deleted the recording from my mobile, and it was lost forever. Try as I might I couldn’t remember the melody.

"A few days later, walking my dogs on Appley beach, I started humming the tune and knew right away what it was.

"I quickly legged it to my car and scribbled several lyrics in the rear pages of an old County Press — the rest is history.”

Already friends, Jamie and Andy will start recording Milly in a studio in Hackney as soon as lockdown laws allow, and will look to share any financial rewards from the single, with half the royalties from the track donated to children’s charities both on the Island and in Hackney.

Andy said: “It’s a great opportunity, It will be nice for us to create something fresh instead of listening to reality TV robots.”

Before its official release — slated for December 1 — the County Press will be granted an exclusive one hour chat and jam session.

In addition, readers will be able to win tickets, with one receiving a signed copy of the single and meeting the musicians for lunch.

The same person will then be invited on stage with the artists during a performance.