Tony Cummings chronicles the 20 years of the world's leading Christian arts festival GREENBELT
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1983 Knebworth Park, Hampshire
Cliff Richard, Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Jessy Dixon, Randy Stonehill, Mark Williamson Band, 77s, Sheila Walsh, Per Erik Halen, Paradise, Kenny Marks, Conquest, Inner Vision, 100% Proof.
Highlight: "The mighty, mighty Mighty Clouds Of Joy as their wonderfully over-the-top MC introduced them before they took us all to CHURCH peoples."
1984 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire
Clark Sisters, Bruce Cockburn, Petra, Rez, Larry Norman Band, Phillip Bailey Band, Maria Muldaur, Martyn Joseph, Vector, Shiela Walsh, LCGC.
Highlight: "Bruce Cockburn's amazing set in the Big Top. Wonderful!"
1985 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire
Deniece Williams, Steve Taylor, Daniel Amos, Fat Band, Bloodline, Philip Bailey, Phil Keaggy, John Michael Talbot, Ben Okafor, Trumpets Of Zion, Technos, George Hamilton IV.
Highlight: "I was amazed by Steve Taylor's humility. He was under no delusions of self-importance. He even stood in the Rolling Magazine with Tony Cummings trying to catch eggs thrown at him!"
1986 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire
Deniece Williams, Rez, Charlie Peacock, 77s, T-Bone Burnett, Shirley Novak, Phil & John, Famous Potatoes, Fat And Frantic, Brian McGlynn, Talking Drums, Split Level.
Highlight: "Deniece Williams - what a voice! And The 77s, so powerful. I'd never seen anything like them before."
1987 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire
Daniel Amos, Steve Taylor, Altar Boys, River City People, Cabaret Nicaragua (with Big Sur and Bruce Cockburn), Bloodgood, Sounds Of Steel.
Highlight: "Gordon Gayno's band Violent Femmes, who started their set dressed in penguin suits and playing 20s gospel blues! The sudden change into punk gospel left about nine of us delighted and everyone else stunned."
1988 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire
Cliff Richard, Runrig, Michael W Smith, Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Garth Hewitt, Adrian Snell, Martyn Joseph, Proclaimers, Caroline Bonnett.
Highlight: "Amy Grant singing as only she can with a band - Jerry McPherson, Michael W Smith, etc -whom most singers would lose a leg for."
1989 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire.
'Art And Soul' Bruce Cockburn, The Clark Sisters, Big Sur, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Koinonia, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Charlie Peacock, Martyn Joseph, Labi Siffre, Phil And John, Bryn Haworth, Norman Barratt, One Bad Pig.
Highlight: "Charlie Peacock doing an acoustic set with Vince Ebo and Jimmy A on mainstage and gripping 25,000 people in the palm of his hand."
1990 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire.
'Rumours Of Glory' Larry Norman, Russ Taff, Rez, 77s, Runrig, lona, Randy Stonehill, Charlie Peacock, Martyn Joseph, Nu Colours, The Inspirational Choir, DC Talk, Lies Damned Lies.
Highlight: "I was moved by Rez and Randy Stonehill, but I was blown away by the 77s' rendition of 'Mercy Mercy'."
1991 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire.
'Wrestling With Angels' Sounds Of Blackness, Detritus, Tribe Of Dan, The Throes, Chagall Guevara, Eden Burning, Caroline Bonnett, Galactic Cowboys, Violet Burning, Brian Powell.
Highlight: "Jonathan Day captivating people (well, the 50 who were there) in the Fringe tent with his Celtic folk music."
1992 Castle Ashby, Northamptonshire.
'Journeys Of The Heart' Runrig, Bruce Cockburn, Violet Burning, lona, Over The Rhine, Phil & John, Adrian Snell, Ben Okafor, Nine O'Clock Service, Mercy Seat, Penelope Cave and Garth Hewitt, Veni Domine, Gethsemene Rose, Geoff Mann.
Highlight: "Over The Rhine overcoming the despondency of mud, mud everywhere to play really haunting music."
1993 Deene Park, Northamptonshire.
'Field 0f Dreams' Cliff Richard, Rez, Martyn Joseph, lona, Eden Burning, Over The Rhine, Peter Case, Julie Miller, Out Of The Grey, Sam Hill
Highlight: "Don't know yet but my guess would be Out Of The Grey."
Some of these entries first appeared in the September 1983 issue of Buzz magazine.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.
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