Garth Hewitt - 30: 30 Songs Spanning 30 Years 1973-2003

Thursday 1st January 2004
Garth Hewitt - 30: 30 Songs Spanning 30 Years 1973-2003
Garth Hewitt - 30: 30 Songs Spanning 30 Years 1973-2003

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Paul Kent

Mr Hewitt first released a commercial recording in 1973 with 'The Lion And The Lamb' and has since enjoyed a formidable career, working on a huge variety of projects in a wide range of styles alongside such notable characters as Jessy Dixon and Sir Cliff Richard. This double CD features 30 hand picked tunes spanning 30 illustrious years of songwriting/performing and features a vast array of influences which encompass country, blues, rock and folk. Garth Hewitt is in essence a story teller with a guitar. He echoes something of an era of uncomplicated beauty, using simple and repetitive melody lines to accompany strong "straight down the line" stories that carry a powerful Gospel message. It is perhaps that same simplicity which works so well to make his songs potent (check out "Light A Candle In The Darkness") that works equally against Garth as the repetitive nature of the songs occasionally become tiresome (particularly noticeable in "Not In My Name"). That said, there is a raw passion to these recordings which I find difficult to fault. The simple beauty shines through, humbling a musician such as myself, redirecting me towards some simple biblical truths which are rarely tackled so bluntly in other modern recordings. A useful compilation of Britain's early age of CCM.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. When Johnny Cash Sang [Listen]
2. On An April Day [Listen]
3. Memories [Listen]

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Product Description
30 is a celebration of Garth Hewitt’s songwriting career, spanning 30 years. Garth’s earthy, roots acoustic style and hard hitting social lyrics have won him many fans over the years, not least through his links to Greenbelt festival which also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Jessy Dixon and Martyn Joseph are among the guests on this recording.

Reader Comments

Posted by Andrew in Lincolnshire @ 18:17 on May 6 2007

May I give the correct title of Garth Hewitt's first album - "The Lion and the Lamb" (Myrrh 1001). I had the pleasure of attending music weeks at the London Bible College in the early 1970's where Garth was a tutor. I still have my copy of that album, purchased in August 1973; autographed by Garth & Gill Hewitt and also Pete Bye.

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