The Fisherfolk - Worship Classics Vol 1: Worship With The Fisherfolk

Wednesday 1st October 1997
The Fisherfolk - Worship Classics Vol 1: Worship With The Fisherfolk
The Fisherfolk - Worship Classics Vol 1: Worship With The Fisherfolk

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 3 3 3
LABEL: Kingsway Music KMCD998
RELEASE DATE: 1997-07-04
RRP: £6.99

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

Listening to this album made me feel very old! Particularly when I looked at the sleevenotes and found that none of these songs date from later than 1975 and in fact a goodly few are by the prolific "Author Unknown". Adding to the time warp feel were the performances of these 19 pieces, over 63 minutes of music: acoustic guitars, the occasional tambourine and unison voices. In fact, exactly how we used to do them in our church youth club, way back when. I'd like to say that this album brought back happy memories - but I can't. The only thing it achieved was to make me grateful that praise and worship music, courtesy of Messrs Redman, Richards, Prosch and Kendrick, is now light years away from this sort of stuff. Perhaps I'm being a tad unfair, after all, the Fisherfolk were very popular and the music could be said to hark back to a time when life was a lot simpler. Nevertheless they were never at the cutting edge even then. Why Kingsway have released this puzzles me - I'm sorry to say that it's utterly irrelevant: these hoary old chestnuts belong in the museum.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jo in Lancashire @ 14:19 on Jun 2 2018

Am trying to find cd of sweet child rest awhile by the fisherfolk, any help please.

Reply by Ross K Flint in Exeter @ 03:16 on Aug 14 2018

Am trying to find cd of sweet child rest awhile by the fisherfolk, any help please.

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Reply by Esther Clarke-Prebbl in Dunedin @ 01:36 on Aug 13 2018

You should be able to buy it throiugh the Community of Celebration website

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Posted by Karen Vermaire Cook in Duncan @ 14:12 on Dec 9 2016

This music I still have cassettes and music books are very near and dear to my personal relationship with God. Christ Community in Grand Rapids MI USA. We sang all of the music by Fisher folk.

Posted by suzanne T. Garcia in Houston, TX @ 16:07 on Feb 10 2015

Where can I purchase Fisherfolk CD's today. It brings back great memories and a peacefulness that passes all understanding.

Posted by Robyne Ferri in Tasmania @ 02:13 on May 31 2014

Wow! The Fisherfolk! Such happy memories I have of these songs from my childhood! I am 42 years of age now & still a song of their's will joyfully pop into my head from time to time which I sing. For example; I'm sitting up in my bed writing this comment this morning on my ph because I've just been singing "I rejoiced when I heard them say, let us go to God's house today!" and wanted to google the rest of the lyrics. Where can I buy a CD of this album? Bless you! Robyne

Posted by Ruth Green in Scotland @ 21:49 on Sep 14 2013

As someone who lived in the C of Celeb I have found it inspiring to listen to the heart felt comments of people who appreciated the Fisherfolk Yes I agree and still love their music and was list to some today I am teaching some of the children's songs in my church and people say how much they like them you can indeed get their music through their website However it won't necessarily be compatible with your CD player

Posted by Marjie Browne in Ayrshire, Scotland @ 18:26 on Jan 27 2012

The Fisherfolk for me didn't draw people to themselves, they drew people to the Lord, which is what true worship is all about. Please Break this bread Lord and Candy Coated Gospel are still very relevant today... Can anyone post these to me please I still believe there is an anointing on these songs...maybe the production sounds a bit old but so do other songs from that time..

Posted by anne in Johannesburg @ 18:05 on Jul 5 2011

PLEASE could you tell me where I can obtain Fisherfolk CD's ...
My Mom is sick and dying in Arcadia Place old age home in Cape Town and she only wants to listen to
Please advise where I can get the music in Johannesburg or Cape Town. Thank you :-)

Reply by anne wannenburg in Johannesburg South Africa @ 17:19 on Jul 15 2011

My mother passed away before I could get her The Fisherfolk music.
How can C.D's not be available in South Africa if the tapes were popular here in the 1970's?
Thank you

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Posted by Angus Clarke in Florida, South Africa @ 17:54 on Dec 7 2008

Oh Trevor, You really missed the mark. The big thing was making that JOYFUL NOISE to the Lord with the few instruments available & the Best Way was using His Word to Praise & Worship Him.
If there was one thing the Fisherfolk taught me it was how to memorize scripture & 40 yrs on I can still remember so many scriptures because of the songs & not because the Sunday School teachers drilled it into you.
Worship leaders & Gospel Writers out there - your best songs are still to be revealed - they are waiting for you to put music to the Biblical words written many years ago.
Have any of you heard of APOLOGETIX from the USA. They are a parody band, who I heard of in New Zealand, who take Rock music from 60's onwards & puts Biblical words & lyrics to them. WOW! And we thought that's why the Beatles & Elvis and others had such good music. The Lord had an ulterior motive- Get the music known & the New(?) songs will really take off with Gospel Words.
God Bless the Fisherfolk for the foundations they laid. God Bless Apologetix for carrying the tradition on into the 21st Century. Keep Praising Him from His word!!!

Posted by Pippa West in Devon, UK @ 18:01 on Nov 25 2008

Whenever I want to find music that reflects the essential outworking of my faith, I've yet to find songs which so consistently hit the nail on the head as do those of the Fisherfolk. Community is at the heart of Christian living - in as much as Jesus said that it is by our love for each other that all people will know we are his disiples. Singing about the reality of relationships within the body of Christ was their hallmark, and it came out of authentic experience.
Of course some of it is horribly dated ('Pullin' the weeds, Lord'...) but that doesn't undermine their output overall. 'Praise God for the body' is a song I come back to again and again.

Posted by Ian Kruger in Northcliff, Johannesburg, RSA @ 23:47 on Aug 16 2008

Whenever I feel a bit down or not so good, apart from praying listening to The Fisher Folk encourages me always, hence I cannot believe the comment posted by Trevor Kirk.

But I have another HUGE problem : I only have the 1 CD of the Fisher Folk (featured on top). Now I know that they don't sing any more, but is there a way or a place where I can get hold of this music ? PLEASE !!!

Reply by anna astlemanC in Ruimsig @ 08:13 on Nov 10 2013

I have just moved into a retirement village and have unpacked all my tapes and records of the fisherfolk alnd have once again been able to be inspired by the praise and worship of the fisherfolk i am so glad i did not get rid of these music blessings

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Reply by Martin Knoetze in George, South Africa @ 19:57 on Jul 9 2013

Please help. Where can I find fisherfolk CD's?

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Reply by Chere Wharry in Houston Texas @ 22:08 on Aug 31 2008

I came home from church today and ran a search for the Fisherfolk music. I have many of their albums but would like their music on cd. I found this website: l/page=storecome.html/SID=1220215956.28289
Hope this helps. They are still living lives of praise and worship.

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