The 4 main events for 2020

So here they are at last! The 4 main events that I will be offering organisers / Church leaders up and down the country throughout 2020

1) Sunday All Age Service
Ish’s ‘rather special’ all age service will include a Bible reading, prayers, a short Bible talk with a challenge, and of course, a lot of singing and learning Scripture together. The service will last approx 75 minutes and will obviously be fairly informal, light hearted and fun so as to include any younger ones present. It is a service that most adults and children will enjoy because there will be no long sermons, no long prayer times, and no worship songs will be repeated more than twice!But I promise you, the presence of the Lord will be with us…even if this service may be a little livelier than some are used to!

2) The All Age Praise Party Concert
A great fun concert that is aimed at ALL ages. Nearly all the songs will require audience participation, mostly singing, but some songs will require a few actions where I will encourage the children and any ‘lively’ adults to get involved. Lot’s of Scripture learning songs, very little chat but maybe (if appropriate) a short Bible story. Amid all the craziness, of course the Christian message will gently come across loud and clear.This Praise Party concert will last approx 75 minutes.

3) Ish’s Big Celebration Concert
Do join me as I thank God for allowing me over 50 years of travelling on the road and over 70 years of living on the earth! In between the songs I will be sharing a bit of my life story, of how and why I became a Christian, how I changed from punk to Glories and how I faced chemo and found a Cathedral etc! Full of fun, packed with sing-a-long songs and just a gentle bit of challenge!This concert is suitable for both adults and older children and will last approx 90 minutes..

4) When the road is rough and steep seminar / concert
A very honest musical testimony concert where I share some of my most difficult times over the past few years having had to face both cancer and family bereavement. Although understandably serious at times, there will still be plenty of smiles throughout keeping the concert easy listening and positive. A concert that will hopefully encourage any who have been through, or are going through difficult times themselves.I will be happy to pray with any who require prayer afterwards. This concert is suitable mainly for adults and will last approx 75-90 minutes

Need more info on any of these? Please messenger me or e mail ishmael@ishmael.org.uk


Fancy a new year Praise Party?

As mentioned earlier, I’m just revising what I’ll be offering Churches as I tour during 2020 but whilst doing so I glanced at the new year diary and realised that nearly all the bookings so far in Jan / Feb are for Sunday All Age Celebrations.
An idea came to mind and I just wondered if any Churches fairly local to where I’ll be going to be on the Sunday, fancied starting the new year with a fun All Age Ish 75 minute Praise Party on the Saturday beforehand, mainly for your local Church and their guests. Maybe even having a Church tea party before the Praise Party!What a great way to start the year, and I would provide all the sound equipment if needed.
Large numbers would not be expected and It wouldn’t take hardly any organisation, just shouting about and advertising in your notices and would only cost £100 towards expenses, plus an offering at the actual Praise Party.
So…. I would be available to do a Praise Party near Portsmouth on Saturday January 18th.
A Praise Party near Bexleyheath on Saturday January 25th.
A Praise Party near Newport, South Wales on Saturday February 15th
What a way for all of the Church family to begin the new year…and I promise you, it will be suitable for both adults and all ages of children.
If interested please messenger me or e mail me at ishmael@ishmael.org.uk


The end of a fantastic year!

A little sad really as yesterday in Luton was my last concert of the year but wow, praise God, what a year it’s been.

What a brill time I’ve had visiting Chichester, Newport,Welsh Valleys, Footscray, Portsmouth, Weston, Martley, Bromsgrove, Enfield, Bridlington, Bishop Auckland, Spring Harvest Minehead & Skegness, Swindon, Alfold, Warwick, Axminister, St Minver, Bristol, Birchington, Lincoln, Littlehampton, Crawley, Weston again, Luton, Bedford, Stansted, Sandown, Spalding, Sleaford, Haywards Heath, Felpham, Chiddingfold, New Hall Prison, Louth, Stafford, Chichester again, Footscray again, South Bersted, Wilmslow then finally Luton again.

And now I’m going to have to wait until January 12th in Swindon before another year of travels begins again!

But…i’ve a few changes in mind for next years concerts and Praise Parties which I will post to you later.

It’s well over 3 years since I was ‘resurrected’ and God gave me enough good health and energy to get back on the road again but still people have not quite got what I’m into.

Yes I travel the country doing music events but it’s just as important to me to meet old friends and make new ones on my travels. I’m not really into ‘one off’ visits, my hope is to do revisits and to keep building and rebuilding friendships that I’ve made.

I realise some organisers are embarrassed to invite me back because the numbers attending did not reach their expectation, but that never worried me, I go away just thrilled by the people who did attend and the lovely friendships we built up over a couple of hours. I want the chance to see these friends again please!

My concerts were always meant to be small, intimate events, the only large one I do nowadays is Spring Harvest. I’m don’t come to visit a Church as some sort of old legend or star, I come to you as…just another member of the family!

So with this in mind, organisers, please do consider a revisit because as from 2020 I will be doing a special ‘Ish’s Back…Reunion All Age Praise Party!’

More of that in the next post!

Once again, thank you organisers and all of you who I have had the joy to meet up with during the past year. I thank God for all of you…you really are helping me to fulfil an important part of what I believe God has kept me on this earth for.
Lotsa love ‘n’ blessings!


A busy, exciting, and very varied 3 events approaching.


On Thursday October 31st I will NOT be scaring people and celebrating the prince of darkness, instead I will be having a very happy time praising the light of the world at a special children’s light party at the Ascension Church, Haywards Heath 6pm. Admission free, all invited but especially for children.
On Friday November 1st I will be making my annual return to Felpham Methodist Church at 7pm to do my latest big celebration concert. Very lively, and lots of audience singing participation as I thank God for 50 years on the road…and 70 years on the earth. Admission free.
Finally on Sunday November 3rd I will be back with my friends at Chiddingfold Baptist Church to lead a special celebration service for them at 10.30am.
Brother Timbo will be joining me to play bass at Felpham and Chiddingfold.
So, as always, if you live near to any of the above, do come along and say hello…and join in the fun!


Happy Christmas. Buy 1 get 1 free!

Remarkably people are still buying (and still enjoying it seems) the Christmas Carol Celebration CD which I recorded 30 years ago!

Well, traditional Carols never seem to date…probably because we only sing them a few weeks each year!

My little Carol CD bounces along and ding dongs merrily on high….and amazingly a lot of the children who sang on it so beautifully, will now have teenage children of their own!

Special treat up until December 10th.

Buy one and I’ll add another free to pass onto a friend. Total cost for the 2 inc P&P £9.00

You can either buy them through PAYPAL from the website shop or contact me direct via messenger or e mail and you can pay by BACS.

And God rest ye merry gentle…people!
I’m afraid my recording has the old original non PC lyrics!😜