Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy - Together Live!

Published Monday 30th July 2007
Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy - Together Live!
Randy Stonehill, Phil Keaggy - Together Live!

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Candlelight 783707197203
FORMAT: DVD Music video
RELEASE DATE: 2007-06-30
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Ewan Jones

Jesus music veterans Randy and Phil are both performers worth checking out in their own right. They are polar opposites in terms of their approach to performing - Keaggy is humble, focussed and a technically astounding guitarist; Stonehill is mostly hilarious, prone to flights of fancy, goofy comedy routines and banter with the audience. He frequently forgets where he is in a song and what parts he's meant to be playing - like a family friendly Robin Williams, his manic energy just avoids bordering on frustrating, but his charm and energy keeps the show on track. Phil Keaggy is an astounding guitarist, and his set is fascinating to watch - his songs are imaginative and his use of technology to layer tracks, beat rhythms and reverse guitar samples (all popular techniques now) still manages to result in original sounds and ideas. Solo Keaggy tracks are interspersed with solo Stonehill, and the DVD rounds up with a couple of songs that they play together, to give an entertaining and thought provoking 80 minute show. The extras from the night are fun, and the documentary on Compassion (in whose aid the concert was arranged) is worth a watch too. If you're fans of both or either of these veterans, this is worth checking out.

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Product Description
Randy Stonehill has been delighting fans for 25 years with his brilliant songs and legendary sense of humour. Close friend and cohort Phil Keaggy is Christian music’s most loved guitarist, a gifted singer/songwriter and 'jaw-dropping' live performer. Put them together and heaven writes a new chapter in the book of Christian music recordings.
Randy backs up Phil, Phil backs up Randy, each performs solo singing all of his fan favourites, and an historic Christian recording is born.
This DVD takes you to this wonderful show for less than the price of a concert ticket and you will laugh over and over at the spontaneous comedy routines of the evening. Phil is the perfect straight man for Randy’s hilarious wit, except that he laughs so hard that he can’t play guitar and is dubbed 'Weak Thumb Boy' by Randy, and he runs with it. These two men together on that night makes a once-in-alifetime special event that will minister to all.

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