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“No sugar with Garth…”

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!”

*email for more information on hosting Garth in concert



Easter Revolution – Garth’s new album and companion booklet now available!



















It is a revolution of peacemaking, of following Jesus the peacemaker. It is a revolution that rejects violence as a solution, rejects greed, and embraces justice for all, sharing with all and welcoming the forgotten. It is a rejection of past ways of mistreating people and is a call for equality.  It also recognises the responsibility for the care of the planet.  It is a revolution of hope.

Garth Hewitt


The Album – 15 songs calling us to be members of the Easter Revolution – click here for more details and to order your CD 

or here for your MP3 download


The Book Here Garth has woven together art, wisdom and challenge from a selection of poets, painters, writers and prophets.Thirty-two colour pages include all the lyrics from the Easter Revolution album, some further thoughts of Garth on the subject of Easter, and much more – click here to find out who else’s thoughts Garth has included,  and to order your copy





Making Holy Dreams Come True


What have they done to the “Little Town”?

Imprisoned it in a concrete wall

Bethlehem – once a holy city

Trapped inside a ghetto wall.

Here where angels sang of peace

Where love and hope were born anew

Once surrounded by a heavenly host

Now surrounded by a concrete view.


Yet people crushed and hidden away

Still celebrate on Christmas Eve

Lighting candles for the child –

They still remember  – still believe.

So light a candle this Holy Night

For Bethlehem and Beit Sahour

And for all the people caught inside

That cold and grey prison wall


Longing for a world of peace

Where all are treated equally

Where all can recognise their worth

Where all can live with dignity –

Where all can join hands with neighbours

Whether Muslim, Christian or Jew

And find a way to live together

Making Holy dreams

Making Holy dreams come true.



The Dust of Death

I recorded this song, ’The Dust of Death’, in 1976, for my ‘Love Song For the Earth’ album – it is extraordinary how relevant these words seem this week (COP26)
In 1970 Tom Paxton released ‘Whose Garden Was This’ which I covered on my recent ‘My Name is Palestine’ album. Joni Mitchell’s ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ was also 1970 – we’ve been talking about these things for a long time! This week should be a week of action!
We came across this video put together by “e27mark” and this seems like a good time to share it.

May we never be silent

O God, just and loving,
May we find a way to speak up
for those who are being brutalised,
ignored or forgotten.
May we be those who speak up for refugees,
May we be those who speak up for the oppressed in Palestine
May we bring support where we can and may we never be silent.

Love is never silent and justice is never silent –
May we find ways to speak up
Especially when our sisters and brothers are asking for our solidarity –

with our voices telling the story.
May we echo the Palestinian Christian “Cry for hope”
And stand against injustice and apartheid –
And stand against the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
May we show the love and justice of Jesus
And find ways for our voices to tell the story.

And may the God who dances in creation
Who embraces us with human love
Who shakes our lives like thunder
Bless us and drive us out with power
To fill the world with her justice.


The final paragraph is a blessing from St Hilda’s Community




A song and a prayer for Easter

Song for Easter

Jesus of the Scars


If we have never sought, we seek you now;

Your eyes burn through the dark our only stars;

We must have sight of thorn-marks on your brow,

We must have you, O Jesus of the scars.


The heavens frighten us, they are too calm;

In all the universe we have no place

Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm?

Lord Jesus, by your scars we know your grace


O Jesus of the scars we seek you now

O Jesus of the scars we seek you now

We must have sight of the thorn-marks on your brow

We must have you, O Jesus of the scars


The other gods were strong but you were weak;

They rode, but you did stumble to a throne;

But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak,

And not a god has wounds but you alone.


music by Garth Hewitt

poem by Edward Shillito, written at the end of the First World War


Prayer for Easter


O God, whether in India, Greece or Bethlehem

Or anywhere else in our global village

Lead us through the wilderness of worry, despair,

Illness, sorrow and suffering

And lead our wounded world to the resurrection of hope.

May we all learn from this world wide virus

That we are all in this together.

So no more violence and war,

No more greed and selfishness –

It is time to support one another

And genuinely love our neighbour as ourself.