Govan Citadel Songsters - Carry The Light

Published Thursday 16th August 2007
Govan Citadel Songsters - Carry The Light
Govan Citadel Songsters - Carry The Light

STYLE: Hymnody
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 28718-12835
LABEL: Salvationist Publishing & Supp 24849
RRP: £13.95

Reviewed by Doug Holland

The Songster Brigade was formed in 1918, the final one of the four Govan music sections to be so. It currently comprises volunteers from a wide variety of walks of life and performs regularly at Sunday services, at concerts, in hospitals and many other arenas and tours abroad. This, its second CD, comprises 18 tracks (67 minutes) of assorted hymnody with the track list mixing compositions old and new (including in the latter category Lenny Leblanc's "Above All", which is a joy). Several members of the Brigade take centre stage to bring us solos (vocal and instrumental), and these all contribute to the resulting wide range of tempos and sounds found across the collection. The expected solid choir sound is never far away, however, and supported by an effective piano, bass and percussion accompaniment the result is an enjoyable and uplifting listening experience. Pleasingly, virtually all words sung are understandable without recourse to the lyric book, which is by no means always the case with choir recordings. For fans of Salvation Army vocal groups this is likely to be a big hit, with no obvious weaknesses in design or delivery.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Chic Ramsay in Glasgow @ 18:08 on Dec 4 2007

As songster leader of Govan Songsters,I would like to express sincere appreciation for the review by Doug Holland of our CD "Carry the Light".
It is always our intention whether live or in recording situation to present the gospel clearly and to reach out to the listener.

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