Garth Hewitt - Journeys With Garth Hewitt: The Holy Land
STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 3891-622 LABEL: ICC AMOSCD001 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 1996-02-07 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Tony May
Well, it's rootsy stuff really. Nice 'n' raw, earthy and real has always been Garth's style; bit of an innovator in his time was our man. These songs are compiled from various albums covering themes of justice and peace, evidencing insight and compassion. Also, they reflect the writer's observations while journeying through the Holy Land, conversing with a cross section of peacemakers and risk-takers from all kinds of backgrounds. As such, the album challenges to gritty Christianity, providing a slice of roughage to balance out some of the super-slicked-down Christian music around. So what is new, he's always been the same, good to see his staying power. An important album that fills a gap on the scene.
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Singer/songwriter and Anglican priest, Garth Hewitt has travelled in The Holy Land for twenty years and, like an old-fashioned troubadour, has written songs that reflect the personal stories of those he has met. This collection is packed with songs that give a voice to the voiceless in that troubled land and, despite the sometimes painful circumstances, the songs are filled with hope and optimism and passion. Motivated by a faith that inspires him to social action, Hewitt has a knack for penning songs that are thoughtprovoking and unforgettable songs like Ten Measures Of Beauty, I Didn’t Speak Up and Chain Of Love.