Farewell Concert for The Remission Flow.

The Remission Flow

THE REMISSION FLOW play their final concert on October 18th at Monaghan Elim Church. A press release reads; The past three years of this ministry have been incredible but this season is ending and a new one is beginning. Darren (Mulligan) has signed a recording contract with Warner/Word records and he along with Heidi and their three children will be moving to Nashville, Tennessee on OCT 21st. We have not taken this decision lightly and believe that God is leading each of the seven of us into new and exciting opportunities to serve Him.

The Remission Flow as a band, a family and an expression of Gods church has been at the very core of our walk with God and together we have grown in our love for Jesus Christ and His people. We hope that we have encouraged many of you along this journey.We would like to thank everyone who has supported the ministry in any capacity during our time together and you should know that your prayers and encouragement has left an indelible mark on our lives. We are all the richer for having known each of you.

For now our work with The Remission Flow is finished but only God knows what the future holds and each of us continue to seek His will. www.remissionflow.com

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And in other news….

Jean WatsonShadowlands recording artist JEAN WATSON is set to unveil her Celtic-infused holiday project, Christmas…Not The Way It Seems, on October 14. The singer/songwriter/violinist, the first artist signed to the indie Shadowlands label, brought in Grammy Award-nominated producer Billy Smiley to produce the 11-song collection of angelic and classic Christmas favorites, along with enlisting the talents of Gospel Music Hall of Fame and guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy. Destined to become a Yuletide classic, Christmas…Not the Way It Seems blends time-honored, beloved carols like “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “The First Noel,” with melodic renditions of less familiar holiday songs like “Pat A Pan,” “Coventry Carol” and “Lo How A Rose,” along with Watson’s newly-penned Christmas hymn, “Not The Way It Seems.”

St John’s Church Bransholme in Hull is starting a new venture in holding a series of guest worship nights. The first evening is to be held on 6th September, when GODFREY BIRTILL will be leading. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, and tickets cost just £1. To book in advance, please call 01482 828169.

Antonio NealMultiple Dove Award recipient, as well as Grammy and Stellar Award-nominated recording artist, ANTONIO NEAL is set to release his new project, Welcome Home, on Madison Line Records, the label where he serves as chief operating officer. The project will be available at all digital retailers on October 21. Neal co-produced the seven-song EP with Kirk Kienzle of Kienzle Music, and utilized the talents of Visible Music College staff and students, among others, on many of the tracks. The music encompasses a variety of genres, from pop to calypso to gospel to what Neal calls “cafe Caribbean cool.”

If you’re looking to book an artist for your event in the UK, perhaps Noel Donaldson from the Huddersfield Elim Church can help. He writes: “I organise concerts/music tours for Christian musicians and occasionally speakers. I am currently organising a tour for Michael Farley www.michaelfarleymusic.com and there are still a few dates left. Currently we have availability for Sunday morning 19/10/14, we are in Braintree in the evening travelling from Yorkshire. If you would like Michael to minister please contact me. He is also available Monday 20/10 and Thursday 23/10.

Jean Watson www.jeanwatson.com from Michigan has also intimated she could be over in late autumn. Jean has an amazing ministry, singer, violinist, worship leader, speaker and her own radio show on UCB. If you are wanting Jean to minister please contact me, her visits are all to infrequent. I have witnessed the power of God through her ministry on many occasions, I can thoroughly recommend Jean.

Paul Poulton

Paul Poulton

Paul Poulton www.paulpoulton.com Paul is taking bookings now for the Christmas tour, if you haven’t heard Paul before, he plays all your favourite carols with the band in his own style, rhythm and blues, rock, jazz, funk … … a truly gifted guitarist. Up to 2 hours of Christmas joy.

For the older audience (not exclusively) Michael Ramplin and Friends are a Gospel Country trio who have toured extensively for many years. Michael gives a clear Gospel message, the story of how Jesus changed his life and brought him back alcohol addiction. If you like your country Johnny Cash style, Michael Ramplin and Friends is who you need. If Noel can help, please contact him at noel.donaldson@ntworld.com

Marilyn Baker and Tracy WilliamsonMarilyn Baker and Tracy Williamson will be leading an event at Green Pastures, Poole, Dorset, from Monday 13th to Friday 17th October and they would love for you to come along. Marilyn’s gentle music and worship will lead you into the loving presence of God and Tracy’s practical teaching will inspire you to hear His voice and receive His transforming love. There will be optional creative and reflective sessions and opportunity for personal prayer appointments, while still giving you plenty of time alone with God or enjoying the local area. Sample the delicious meals and have the fun of meeting with old friends or making new ones. A highlight of the week will be Marilyn’s concert on Wednesday evening. If you are interested in joining Marilyn and Tracy or you know anyone else who may be interested in coming along, please contact Green Pastures on 01202 764776, email info@green-pastures.org, or visit www.green-pastures.org for information re prices and availability, or to make a booking.

Philippa Hanna

Philippa Hanna

Sheffield’s PHILIPPA HANNA is to support this years Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro on their 2015 31 date UK tour. Providing support for the quartet, and fellow BGT artist Lucy Kay, Philippa will kick off the tour in Southend on 29th January 2015. Following on from this tour, Philippa will be embarking on the Off The Wagon Tour in May and June 2015.

Aaron ShustDove-winning singer/songwriter AARON SHUST is set to release his first Christmas album on 14th October, called ‘Unto Us’. Shust travelled to the Czech Republic last February to record the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Said Aaron, “”I’ve had my entire life to write this Christmas record. Every year in November and December, I would sit down in front of the piano, open up a hymnal and read some words that might inspire. I wanted every second of every track to feel like Christmas and to give people something familiar, yet also to gift them with something else, a new experience. We’re not just celebrating ‘He was born and he was God.’ We’re celebrating the fact that God is coming on a rescue mission and that’s exciting!

THE ZEPHANIAH TRUST is holding a Fundraising Awards Dinner on October 11th, which includes the launch of John Froud and Cath’s new album ‘Froud & Daughter’. The evening begins at 7.30pm and will be held at St Cuthberts Church, Wrose. Tickets are £15 and are available from 01274 533732 or office@zephaniah.org.uk

One of the most most eagerly awaited albums of recent times – the comeback project by one-time CCM star and top producer STEVE TAYLOR has now been scheduled. The release of ‘Goliath’ by Steve Taylor And The Perfect Foil will take place on 18th November. The first single, along with a music video, is set for release on 16th September.

Review Xtra – Precious Moments 3&4 : Love Divine/In Christ Alone

Precious Moments 3&4 Love Divine In Christ AlonePRECIOUS MOMENTS 3&4 : Love Divine/In Christ Alone.   (Elevation : ELE1998D)

Here’s the latest collection of “best-loved” Christian worship songs, recorded at various Keswick Conventions. Sung, I presume, in the big top surroundings, it’s really good to hear those gathered in full voice. You can’t really complain at the quality or the content of these recording, as they are just pure and simple. “Wow”, I thought, “this is like stepping back in time”, as I listened to ‘How Lovely On the Mountains’ and ‘Lord, Reign in Me’. I’d not heard either song for a long time, and had forgotten just how good they were. ‘Jesus is King’ is sung with great joy, while the congregation up the stakes with marvellous renditions of both ‘Jesus Christ’ and ‘Shout to the Lord’. The trait follows throughout this Cd, it’s just so good to listen to. Other songs featured include ‘Love Devine, All Loves Excelling’, ‘I Stand in Awe’ and ‘There is a Hope’. If you’d like a change to electric guitar driven, modern worship, then this is an album for you. It’s traditional, in some respects, it’s old fashioned, but it’s lovely.   8/10.

Review Xtra – Jesus Culture : Unstoppable Love

Jesus Culture Unstoppable LoveJESUS CULTURE : Unstoppable Love.   (Elevation : ELE2006D)

Based at Bethel Church of Redding California, since 2006 Jesus Culture has counted among its activities the record label Jesus Culture Music – this being its sixteenth release. Both cd and dvd are provided although two of the songs, i.e. ‘Wide open’ and ‘Born of God’, are missing from the cd. Here we have professionally shot perfectly presented rock pop ccm, with note perfect vocals from Chris Quilala and Kim Walker-Smith, and it is obvious from the outset that the whole band are not only well capable but also well produced and rehearsed. There are also some good melodies here, that stay in your head. Chris is probably heard at his best on the slower ‘Surrender all’ (although it struggles to justify its more than 7 minutes, with the audience participation repeats of ‘all to Jesus I surrender’ going on a bit long) and Kim’s ‘We will run’ continues with you all day! Almost altogether good, then? It’s difficult to say why I hesitate, but somehow what we don’t have here is the same spiritual connection, the same originality / reality-of-life lyrics as provided by, for instance, Casting Crowns – a similar band in many respects, but Mark Hall and his crew engage the audience with an authority and connectedness that just doesn’t seem to be present here. Jesus Culture’s lyric ‘In flesh he walked among us, bore our sins’ is of course true, but such often repeated words tend to pale alongside the contemporary power of Mark Hall delivering Casting Crown’s ‘Somewhere is the middle’. Eastbourne’s Phatfish are another example of a band whose recorded performances can really connect. ‘Unstoppable love’ is a worthwhile release then, enjoyable musically, well produced, but for me lacking that certain something in terms of spiritual engagement. 8/10. Dave Deeks

The Review Zone – Phatfish : Live

Phatfish LivePHATFISH : Live.   (Phatmusic : 0702811594036)

For 20 years, Phatfish have taken the good news of the gospel to audiences far and wide. Maybe not on the same scale as Delirious?, but their impact on the British Christian music scene has been great. This double CD release was recorded earlier this year at their final concert at the Wessex Christian Centre. Once I could finally read the track listing (blue print on black just doesn’t work), I was able to note that the verse to ‘In Jesus’ had an uncanny resemblance to ZZ Top’s ‘Sharp Dressed Man. ‘Ressurection Life’ is built around some nice instrumental phrases, as the band slip effortlessly into their trademark funky sound. Of course, having a singer like Lou Fellingham does help lift some of the songs, but even she can’t stop ‘The Cross’ from become musically very messy. Even the stalwart fans seemed notice this, judging by the lukewarm applause it receives, on ending. One of the band’s most well known songs is ‘Amazing love’. It begins with just a piano backing, and I almost fell asleep waiting for something to happen. Eventually, the song does spring to life, with the rest of the band joining in, but it was too late, in my opinion. One recent review claimed that the band’s version of the classic Wesley hymn ‘And Can It Be’ had made it their own. It just shows how much opinions can differ. I thought that this version totally ruined it. The best song, for me, is ‘Every Knee Shall Bow’. “Come fill us with your glory, come fill us with your fire”. Stirring words, and the band at their best. The second disc follows in similar vein to the first. If you like the funky style of the band, then you’ll be pleased with the fodder. Apart from the Blodie-esque ‘Extravagant Praise’, I wasn’t impressed. So, not a release that excited me. But, there’s no denying their fanbase, and they will probably love this memento.   6/10.

The Review Zone – Spring Harvest : 35

Spring Harvest 35SPRING HARVEST : 35.   (Elevation : ELE1975D)

Spring Harvest has been equipping the church for action for 35 years. This 3 Cd Box set reflects the worship journey of one of the most popular and long running UK Christian events. All the recordings have been made from the live events, and the sound quality does vary quite a bit, due to the equipment used many years ago. Vicky Beeching opens CD1 with a song that I hadn’t heard before. ‘Death Is Beaten’ is a really uplifting number, and well delivered. There’s a great togetherness of those gathered, captured on songs like ‘How Great is Our God’ and ‘Servant King’, and they are just two tracks that truly seize the act of worship. Graham Kendrick, on the other hand, leads the most pedestrian and lethargic version of ‘Blessed Be Your Name’ that I’ve ever heard. It lacks all the feeling that I’ve come to know over years of singing this song, and it is very disappointing. ‘Above All’ has always been a favourite of mine and, here, Mark Tedder leads a lovely version. Sue Rinaldi’s vocals are instantly recognisable on ‘Mighty To Save’, while NFN fave, Pete James belts out ’10,000 Reasons’ in fine style. It wouldn’t be Spring Harvest if Robin Mark didn’t lead everyone in the triumphant ‘Lion of Judah’, and that song still sounds as fresh today as when I first heard it. Other highlights include Trish Morgan’s version of ‘Days of Elijah’ and the accappella version of ‘Amazing Grace’. Whether you’re a Spring Harvest veteran or not, this collection has something for everyone.   7/10.

The Review Zone – Daughters of Davis : British Soul

Daughters of Davis - British SoulDAUGHTERS OF DAVIS : British Soul.   (www.daughtersofdavis.com)

I think that I was one of the few people in the media, not to like these sister’s debut release last year. Sorry girls. The duo have been touring Europe with Rebecca Ferguson and Eels, and tour tirelessly in their motorhome. Thankfuly, the new release is so much better than its predecessor, and that includes a brighter, cleaner production, too. ‘British Soul’ instantly shows how well the girls’ vocals work together, with some great harmonies. On ‘Is It For Me?’ there’s even a slight comparison to Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie on a sound that could well have been a Fleetwood Mac song. The album blends soul, country, and gospel, and sometimes, I feel that they try and fit too many styles into one song. Both ‘The Trade’ and ‘Bathsheba’ would fall into that category. The single, ‘Catch Me If You Can’ tells of sibling rivalry, while ‘Footsteps’ puts that well known prayer about Jesus carrying you, into song. For me, it’s the most powerful track on the album. Vocally, Fern and Adrienne are at their best, and the song flows effortlessly. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard different versions of ‘Amazing Grace’ over the years, but I’ve certainly never heard it done like this! A really interesting, soulful interpretation, and one that deserves a lot of airplay. From listening to this album, it’s obvious that DOD are not just resting on their laurels. It’s a more mature sound this time round and gets my approval. 8/10.