Folly's End, Croydon - Catch The Fire London

Sunday 1st August 1999
Folly's End, Croydon - Catch The Fire London

STYLE: Blues
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Graham Jovanovic

This marks a gathering of Christians from 12 nations in January 1999 worshipping at Folly's End Church (yep, the fellowship founded by one-time Clapton bassist Dave Markee). The challenge for any live CD is to show spontaneity and heartfelt expression of love towards God in worship conveying reality, and spirit and truth experience through music. This disc manages this endeavour rather well capturing a time of enjoyment and freedom not sensing any contrivance. Worship leader Markee is accompanied by Bryn Haworth on mandolins and guitars so not surprisingly the outcome is rather bluesy. Included are a stomping version of  "Enemy's Camp" and a great version of "Great Big God" driven by a gospel style call and response between worship leader and choir. Indeed at times there is almost a carnival atmosphere captured and the worship is often earthy, quite raw and a long way from those seamless MOR praise (often the drums are significantly high in the mix here). Including more modern choruses such as "Jesus (What A Friend I've Found)" and "As Sure As Gold (Revival)"  this captures a meeting that is fun, passionate, inspired and refreshingly real.

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Reader Comments

Posted by DJ Aday in OR @ 01:05 on Jul 16 2019

I want this CD. I have collected Catch the Fire #1-10 (except #5) and heard this is #5. I can't find it on Ebay or Amazon!

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