Garth Hewitt Foundation
The Garth Hewitt Foundation exists to support, maintain, and circulate Garth’s body of work
Garth has recorded nearly 50 albums (including compilations), written 9 books, produced documentaries and audio materials, released a number of songbooks, and been involved in numerous projects in a wide variety of settings.Reflected throughout all of this work is Garth’s commitment to the gospel issues of justice, peace, development and spirituality; he has stuck steadfastly to certain issues relating to justice, and has told the story of many different situations that continue to maintain a significant relevance.
The GHF is keen to enable the availability of all the materials produced by Garth throughout a lifetime of calling people to stand up for these gospel issues. His early albums and books are gradually being re-released – this large back catalogue of material reflects a journey and a spirituality that the GHF believes is important for people to hear of, and so the aim is to complete the re-releasing and reproduction of the earlier material, while also supporting new material that Garth continues to produce.
As Founder of Amos Trust Garth works closely with the Trust and in recent years several of his albums and books have been produced in coordination with Amos Trust. However, GHF has been developed out of the recognition that some of Garth’s material, both earlier or new, might not fit under the Amos Trust ‘umbrella’, and the GHF is keen that this material nevertheless be made available.*
The development of the Garth Hewitt Foundation has been inspired by many, many letters, emails, social media messages, and personal conversations in which individuals express gratitude for the role that Garth’s music, talks or writings have played in their own understanding of the gospel, often having been influenced to a much more active and practical expression of their faith as a result. This indicates the role Garth’s material has in helping issues of justice and peace be recognised as integral to a right understanding of the gospel, and therefore the importance of developing them as resources for churches to help them bring these issues into their services, their songs and their prayers.
If you would like to support this work, or be kept in the picture regarding what Garth is doing, and specific projects of the GHF being envisioned at different times, please sign up to our mailing list (above) or call 07976 360844, or write to
*Wherever the work of the GHF draws attention to particular projects Garth may talk about, responses regarding those projects specifically would be directed towards Amos Trust, as the GHF will keep its focus on awareness raising and teaching the gospel message through the circulation of Garth’s materials.
Here are some of the things people have written in to us that have inspired the development of the Garth Hewitt Foundation:
(from the Netherlands) Garth is a part of my memories of years gone by but also knowing ‘he is on the road for the Lord’ is a delight to the heart… I know many Dutchies love his music and dedication to the Lord – God smiles when he hears Garth sing and talk !!
It was absolutely brilliant to have you here – you gave us such inspiration and motivation for the future.
Thanks a lot for the great newsletter! I am a blind musician from Kenya who was greatly inspired by Garth’s lyrics and guitar-playing from the ’80s.
The letter’s narration of what God is doing through Garth’s life is encouraging. Please pass my regards to him and let him know we love him.
(re the album Something for the Soul) All the songs are feeding my soul so please know that the CD will be played often.
It is time for me to go to a deeper place and to find that sacred space.
I have marvelled in Garth’s words and reflection on God, the scriptures and the reality of life in all its joys and ‘mess’. I met Garth together with his friend Ben Okafor over 25 years ago in Buckley Deeside North Wales – I have played the Blood Brothers CD and the CD The Road Home so many times, they are worn out.
I have shared these moving emotional songs with many people in my Ministry and everyone has been affected by his honesty in his songs.
My prayers are with you all as you continue to give people Hope in the midst of pain. You also give Joy in all its fullness.
Perhaps you could just say to Garth how much I have appreciated his ministry in song over the years.
Garth is one of the great spiritual singer/songwriters of our time.
I wanted to thank you for the many ways you have inspired me (and also my husband) in our lives.Here are a few of the ways you have done this.
A good number of years ago we read your book “Pilgrims and Peacemakers”… in a visit to Jerusalem I used your book as a “travel guide” to make contact with and visit The Holy Land Trust, Wi’am, Ecumenical Encounters and other groups you had mentioned in the book…
We aren’t musicians, but love your songs and introduced some of them into workshops we did eg “All shall be included in the Feast of life” , “Chain of Love” and others. One of your songs, based on Niemollers words “When they came for the communists…” even got translated into Bengali by some young colleagues…
Whenever we felt discouraged (which was often) we would play your songs. They would always give us strength to carry on… you may not always hear of the ways people’s lives have personally been affected by your work and vision, so that is why I wanted to share this with you.
I bought Garth’s album ‘I never knew life was in full Technicolour.’
At the time I was going through a bit of a crisis because as a teenager I was also being influenced by the politics of the left – being politically engaged especially on the left didn’t seem to fit with what I heard at church or the culture of church… I didn’t hear much about social issues, I did hear condemnation of the ‘social gospel’, which was contrasted with the real gospel. I thought that I may have to chose between faith and politics. Then I listened to ‘The People of the West’ and it expressed much of the way I felt about but quoted the Bible and for the first time I began to realise that there was more in the Bible than personal salvation and piety but the Bible also spoke about justice, and gave a vision of society. That song was a hugely significant part of a journey which led me to a politically and socially engaged faith.
Whilst looking at Garth’s website, I’ve been reminiscing about listening to ‘Mud on My Eyes’ in my childhood. Having now got three children of my own, I was thinking how great it would be if I could get hold of it in order for them to enjoy too… Do please pass on to Garth what a great blessing his music has been.
Garth will be happy to know that in all the years since its first release, “How Hard” has rung in my heart, is still an influence on my life and keeps me a wee bit on an even keel …
I know of no finer person in the world than Garth. He is… the most effective communicator of Jesus and his gospel, of love and compassion, through his composing, singing, writing, speaking, and being, I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.
Have just been listening to Garth’s ‘The Gospel Singer’ – please let him know… just how inspiring I find all the songs on this CD. It’s as if each one expresses Garth’s faith outlook – and in each story he sings he offers another heart-lifting glimpse of God – be it love, glory, beauty, mystery.
He has always been a huge inspiration and encouragement throughout over 30 years of my ministry and I don’t think I have ever really managed to explain to him why that is! I sometimes find myself singing one of his songs or speaking bravely about Palestine… and sensing his courage egging me on.
“Happy to share, happy to bear one another’s burdens, that’s why we’re here” – sang it at Sunday Club last week in front of the Dean, and at the Junior School assembly last Tuesday…
I use his ‘Holy Dreams’ books regularly, most Tuesdays evenings at what I call KGB – know God better – a ‘drop-in’ for prayers/meditation.
Wonderful to hear Garth Hewitt singing “live” again! The first time since I saw and heard him sing was at Eurofest, Brussels, 1975! I had almost forgotten, but then I turned my lp record some time ago (I never knew life was in full technicolor…) , and was struck by the beautiful words and integral Christian social criticism again.
(Regarding ‘You are loved, Stephen Lawrence’) This song always got to me. I guess it’s the pointlessness of all of it and the people who covered their own backs to try to get away with it. Thank you Garth for writing it. So many of your songs touch people’s lives highlighting the injustice in the world.