Forty years ago Garth’s music and song lyrics challenged what had become the established way of doing things within the Christian church in the UK. Firstly, he was a part of the movement within Christian music away from a particularly “sacred” sound, not afraid to bring Christian lyrics towards the mainstream popular style of music. This bridged the culture gap for his own and following generations between the church and the world in which they lived, and helped many within those generations find a way to explore their spirituality without the need to deny their inherent culture. It did also bring condemnation from some within the established Christian churches who felt that these musicians were endangering the purity of the church by in some way secularising it, so it was not always an easy road but there was growing support for this new attitude within the church so it was not entirely lonely.
By Sarah Sibley
Following on from Garth’s visit to the KM office last week, we decided an interview for our Blog was a must! Below he discusses his latest album ‘Justice like a river’, working with Cliff Richard, singing in Spanish and much more!
‘Justice like a river’ is your 47th album!…will you be making a 48th, 49th, 50th?
“Yes, I’m already thinking about the next two albums so I will keep you in the picture on this!”
I love the words of our reading from Isaiah chapter 9: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light, those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined.“
Then the words go on to talk about joy being increased because “the yoke of their burden… and the rod of the oppressor you have broken. All the boots of the tramping warriors, all the garments rolled in blood should be burned as fuel for the fire.”
STREET children from Africa, South America, India and Europe playing football in a Durban area last March; it’s the Deloitte Street Child World Cup, and it shows off the human potential of children failed by every social and political system. Durban itself has 2,000 street children; the Umthombo organisation, founded five years ago, helps keep them safe and fed. Read more…
Garth’s first album, “The Lion And The Lamb”, was recorded in 1972 at Air Studios, London with producer Pete Bye. Released in’73, “The Lion And The Lamb” was succeeded the following year by “I Never Knew Life Was In Full Technicolor ‘Till I Saw It On The Silver Screen”, produced by Tony Hooper from The Strawbs. “Love Song For The Earth”, released in 1976, was produced by Bryn Haworth. Bryn’s style of playing, on slide guitar, mandolin and backing vocals, complemented Garth’s style, and although this is the only album Bryn produced for Garth, he appears on many of his other albums. I took the photos and designed this album. It was the first of Garth’s albums to be released in the States, but unfortunately the American record company said that his picture wasn’t suitable because “Christians smile and shave” – we had to have another photo session to get Garth looking suitably Christian! Read more…
Amos the journey – where we have come from
Garth Hewitt writes redemption songs
and then sings them without fear.
His voice comes through clearly,
challenging us by his witness to act for justice. His is a brave voice,
needed more than ever in a fearful world, and in a sometimes timid church.
Please God, it will help us
sing redemption songs of our own.
The Revd Lucy Winkett
Rector, St James’s Piccadilly
previous Chair of Trustees of Amos Trust