“You must understand,” stresses composer-pianist Keith Getty, “I have never thought of myself as an artist; I think of myself as somebody who wants to change the world by helping build deeper believers through song.” Get that line and you … Continue reading
While it feels like churches have hosted classical concerts forever; secular rock artists are increasingly using them as venues; and Christians have had decades to evolve (somewhat soft) rock music in worship, there is still a great black hole where … Continue reading
Some new releases get launched with a huge media blast, while some just seep out slowly. One that surely deserves a blast, but has quietly evolved in stages, is Andy Hunter’s Presence project, its vision to inspire people’s reflections and … Continue reading
No, Johnny Nash didn’t sing, “I can see clearly now Lorraine has gone.” Neither did Hot Chocolate sing, “I remove umbilicals” or the Police record a song about Sue Lawley. Misheard lyrics can give us a quick laugh, but occasionally, … Continue reading
We sometimes envy those with successful careers, but – as public figures from Tony Hancock to Caroline Aherne have shown us – inside their skin, they may be living in a far more fearful world than their public face reveals. … Continue reading
The show was packed with life-long rock fans, and many had seen the best bands around. Some had been queuing for hours to get a good place in the sold-out venue. Word was that some had been to each of … Continue reading
With the clear evidence of bands like Genesis in his music, it’s no surprise that Neal Morse grew up enthused by the British music scene. His is yet another story of an artist being struck by the Beatles’ legendary appearance … Continue reading
Tracing the spiritual thread through Jethro Tull’s catalogue is a puzzling job. On Aqualung – the album that catapulted them up the ranks of classic rock bands – singer Ian Anderson was clearly angry with the Church, which could explain … Continue reading
Goodbye Iona, hello Celestial Fire. Dave Bainbridge’s unique Celtic/prog/ rock /folk band is on hiatus, but with his new band Celestial Fire he has taken its more combustible elements and thrown on another can of musical petrol. Fiery it certainly … Continue reading
Iona’s story is as fluid and mystical as the band’s blend of prog, Celtic, folk and jazz. It started with a few session musicians and produced songs that have changed people’s lives. When the project began, founding guitarist and keys … Continue reading
With liner defining his eyes and his head part-shaven and part-dreadlocked, Duke Special doesn’t need a global marketing machine to give him an image. Character and talent are the twin traits that get him business.
In a world where the corporate music factory is killing talent and creativity, you could argue that Duke Special’s personal cottage industry is a model for how musicians should work in the 21st century.
The first part of my interview with Haworth covered his seminal years on the Island Records label. This final part begins in the same era. Haworth’s first solo gig was unforgettable, but not in a way he expected.
Ten years before it became home to the likes of U2, Ultravox and the Waterboys, the Island label was already pioneering new music with artists such as Bob Marley, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Fairport Convention, Roxy Music, Bad Company, King … Continue reading
While the main part of my 2011 interview with Sir Cliff looked at his early work with the Arts Centre Group, pioneering a new approach by the Church to the arts, we also spoke about what experience has taught him. … Continue reading
When a group that supports Christians in the arts reached its 40th anniversary, it seemed a good time to ask patron and co-founder Sir Cliff Richard about its evolution. “I remember reading of Christian fundamentalist preachers in America burning rock … Continue reading
Part 2: playing for children who cannot speak, headhunters in Borneo and President Musharraf; censorship in Brunei; and how he makes a living. Carter has had a remarkable journey – musically and literally – from his Devon youth to the … Continue reading
While travelling through 90 countries, guitarist Jason Carter has had the sort of adventures that you expect from fictional heroes. He has shared stages with Nigel Kennedy, Phil Keaggy, Gordon Giltrap and Clannad’s Moya Brennan and performed for such luminaries … Continue reading
Somehow, Ireland produces more good musicians than the average nation.One of them, Brian Houston, is a living example of what makes independent music so exciting. Here is a bundle of his Gospel – and Barack Obama – moments. This CM … Continue reading