Review in Methodist Recorder, 9th December 2022
by Tony Jasper
“I flock through material that has been carried in this paper during 2022 and realise that to some extent I have spent much time exploring the classics, songs and artist catalogue. The exception to this rests in the continuing issue or worship material and then, thankfully, every now and then, well, he comes, he’s the exception, he does his own thing, releases his own recordings, knows how to write a good song, is adept at using vocal back-ups and well, he pens material that can be sung by an audience.
This man is Garth Hewitt. Google terms him a ‘troubadour, singer, songwriter, spiritual songs UK’. And more. His CD list is considerable and often it reflects his abiding concerns with Palestine and its oppression. His most unexpected and one treasured by many is Liberty is Near! in which he sings from the extraordinary ‘The National Chartist Hymnbook 1845.’
Garth is an exceptional faith writer and performer and if you have the opportunity book him for your church*. No sugar with Garth, no sugary winsome material, just gutsy and often fiery material, radical faith and rooted in Jesus’ teaching. It seems he is the last of recent years from the surfeit of faith recordings and who is still there!”
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