More nice comments from last Friday’s concert

Just had 3 more encouraging comments from people who attended our ‘Sting in the Tale’ concert last Friday that I thought you might like to see.

Eddie said ‘Just to say thank you so much for the concert at Westham. My grandaughter and her boyfriend came with me and we all found it enjoyable, challenging, moving. God bless as you go to Spring Harvest.

Ivana said ‘Carol and I both enjoyed last night and she was very glad she came, just regretted she hadn’t brought her husband with her. I am sure you’ll be very successful at Spring Harvest as you used to be before.’

And Chris the vicar / organiser said ‘Once more a huge thank you for Friday. Almost universal accolades from our folk. One elderly saint found it a bit loud otherwise we all thought it was great, encouraging and challenging.’ To which I replied ‘yes it was a bit loud but please inform your elderly saint that since my cancer treatment my hearing is not too good…I need it loud so that I can hear it!’

Although I won’t be selling it in our shop, I have run off a special souvenir compilation CD of all the songs we used at that concert. I thought for those who could not get there, you may like to still hear the music.

All are the original tracks taken from the original albums.

The 12 tracks are Nicodemus / The grunting song / Eli the fly / 2 Timothy 2 / Crowd trouble / Laodecean Church / Marksman / Rum, gin and cocktail / Bartimaeus / Down in a noisy small valley / King of glory / Father God I wonder.

The cost including P&P is £6.50 but you will need to e mail me personally at ishmael@ishmael.org.uk if you would like a copy.

Have a great day.


Last nights ‘Sting in the Tale’ concert

Brilliant night last night doing another ‘Sting in the Tale’ concert in Westham near Eastbourne. Brother Timbo joined me playing bass even though it was his birthday.

It was so kind of Vicar Chris to walk up to the stage at the beginning with a lovely birthday cake with four sparklers sparkling whilst we all sang happy birthday.

A great crowd came who really joined in well.

Although I am struggling with a cough and cold and the voice is even more croaky than usual we tried some different songs.

I personally felt that our acoustic version of ‘Crowd trouble’ did not work very well but that may have been because a couple of days earlier I had been playing it with Ishmael United as a rock punk song!

Marksman though worked well but the surprise song of the evening for me was ‘King of glory’.

One of the first songs that I ever wrote after I became a Christian and the first time I have sung it since, well, must be when I was touring with the ‘Charge of the light brigade’ album back in 1977.

It was amazing to sing it again and I felt the same power in the lyrics of the song that I felt when I first wrote it.

I love these ‘Sting in the Tale’ concert’s they seem to get better and better!

Jo and Susie who were there last night just e mailed me to say ‘Hello Ish. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and were glad we faced coming out into the cold, when the fire was so inviting.’

Still plenty of dates available if you would like me to come to your Church but the next one in the diary is at Downe Village Hall, High Street, Downe (near Biggin Hill) on Friday March 4th…Can’t wait!


Do you live anywhere near Pevensey?

Time to put down the telecaster and pick up the ovation because tomorrow (Friday) brother Timbo and I will be doing a ‘Sting in the Tale’ concert at St Mary The Virgin Church (High Street, Westham, Pevensey) at 7.30pm.

If you live anywhere near do come and join us as I can assure you it will be a great night out and you don’t need to buy tickets in advance, it’s just £5 on the door.


A very eventful and exciting couple of days!

Well Ishmael United have finally emerged from spending 2 days in the rehearsal studio. Did we struggle a bit?

Well just a little.

Willsy struggled on keeping up with the rhythms on some of the manic tracks, Dave struggled to get his keyboard working, I struggled trying to play Am and Larry struggled to stay awake…but that is understandable as he is the most senior member of our old boys band!

But…I have to say we were all amazed at how well the songs came together.

Eight tracks are well and truly on their way to sounding great and all eight tracks only last 24 minutes total.

My lips are sealed as to the titles we have chosen..that secret will only be revealed on the big day.

But I think the greatest miracle is that this must be the very first time Ish United have spent 2 days together…and there was not one argument. That must be a first!

We did have lots and lots of laughs though.

We are all so excited about the gig in May. This set is going to rock…and you won’t have heard anything like it since ah…1979 and that is guaranteed!


Interesting couple of days ahead!

Very interesting 2 days coming up.

Today and tomorrow for the first time in 37 years all 4 original members of Ishmael United will be in a rehearsal studio playing music together in preparation for this years Big Church Day Out in May.

It’s very exciting if just a tad daunting! I’ll let you know how it goes!