Friday 28th September and Saturday 29th September
Doors Open at 6.30pm
Programmes start at 7.00pm and will be hosted by Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley.
Artists and guests each evening will include - Live Issue, Margaret Johnston, The North Ness Boys, Ruthie Woodhouse, Michael Harcus and Friends, Warren Smyth and Roger Carswell.
Praise each evening from 6.40pm led by The Gospel Songbook Praise Band.
Doors Open 1.30pm
Programme starts at 2.00pm
Artists - One Voice Community Choir, Paul Jones & Fiona Hendley
Sunday Morning 30th September
Join us for a special church service in the Platform Theatre starting at 10.30am. The speaker will be Roger Carswell with additional items of praise from some of our guest artists.
Paul Jones and Fiona Hendley
Paul's distinguished career includes being the award-winning lead singer of Manfred Mann (whose hits include "Do Wah Diddy" and "Pretty Flamingo") and The Blues Band - he has recently worked on new albums with both groups. His collection of Gold discs includes one for the original "Evita" and millions listen to him each week on Radio 2. On TV Paul has hosted talk shows and performed everything from Shakespeare to soaps. His extensive stage credits range from the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company to the West End and Broadway.
Fiona, an accomplished actress and singer, has worked in all areas of show business from her acclaimed TV series "Widows" (for which she won Personality of the Year Award) to leading roles at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Fiona has starred in many West End productions including the highly praised and award-winning musical "City of Angels". She has sung on many show recordings and has a collection of gold discs that rival Paul's.
Together Paul and Fiona have recorded several CD's celebrating the work of composers from Irving Berlin to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Their Gospel album "Personal" has been very well received: its songs express their love for their Heavenly Father, and for each other.
Paul and Fiona's Christian faith is extremely important to them and they spend most of their time both singing and speaking at seminars and churches. We are thrilled that Paul and Fiona have been able to join us for this year’s Gospel Bayfest.
North Ness Boys
Three brothers from Shetland, the North Ness Boys have released two albums, Sea of life their debut album, and Sweet By and By. A strong Christian faith, an island musical tradition and their relationship as brothers combine with their love of country, gospel, bluegrass, and folk music to deliver songs performed with close harmony, unique arrangements, and their own distinctive bluegrass/country sound. Their delivery has been described as powerful, pure, joyous and adventurous, yet always sweetly melodic and sensitive to the mood of each song they sing.
Warren hails from Banbridge in Co Down, is recognised and respected as one of Ireland’s finest Country Gospel singers and radio presenters. Having recorded a number of critically acclaimed Country & Gospel Albums in the past, he has been presented with the coveted ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ title at the Country Music Ireland Awards and also earned the title of ‘Country Music Radio Presenter of the Year’ at the NICMA awards due to the success of his ‘Keep it Country’ Show on Downtown Radio, which Warren presented for over 10 years and helped it become one of Ireland’s most popular & most listened to radio request shows every Sunday Evening.
Warren’s music is regularly play-listed as far away as USA & Australia and he has appeared at concerts all over the UK & Ireland, also sharing the stage with some of American Country Music’s greatest artists including Charley Pride, Crystal Gayle, Collin Raye & Hal Ketchum to name but a few. His career highlight has been without doubt to perform on stage at the World Famous ‘Grand Ole Opry’ in Nashville Tennessee with his long-time friend, the late, great George Hamilton IV. His most recent country gospel album is called ‘Reason To Believe’ and following its release, Warren has been heavily involved in both charity work and holding special Gospel events with an emphasis on the background behind many of our favourite hymns and Christian songs.
Ruthie is a local girl from Clapham in Lancashire. In recent years she has become a firm favourite singing around the churches and Gospel concerts in Yorkshire and Lancashire, as well as further afield. This is Ruthie’s first time to Gospel Bayfest and she will be helping us with the worship over the weekend as well as singing some songs herself.