This year our host for the weekend is Colin Elliott
Colin Elliott’s Christian faith influences his life and music and is currently one of the hardest working Gospel singers in the United Kingdom. Colin has been involved in Gospel music both in groups and as a solo artist for over 30 years, starting at the age of 14.
Colin annually tours in the United States, singing in churches and theatres throughout Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. During these tours Colin has appeared three times on the Grand Ole Opry and been a presenter on the famous Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville. This is the second longest running radio programme in the world. In 2018 Colin also produced and presented a television series for Revelation TV, hosted by Live Issue. The series also featured many of friends from the world of Christian music both from Northern Ireland and the United States.
Although Colin is mainly known for his singing and playing ability, both in groups and as a solo artist, he is also a respected record producer, songwriter and session musician. Through his work with the late George Hamilton IV, Colin had the privilege of recording and appearing with many established stars from the Grand Ole Opry and Gospel Music including Pat Boone, George Beverly Shea, Marty Stuart, Charley Pride, Charlie Louvin, Connie Smyth, Joanne and Tommy Cash, Ricky Skaggs, and many more.
Over the years Colin has recorded many albums and appeared on countless BBC, commercial and independent radio shows. He has also been featured on and hosted television programmes in Ireland, the UK and America. These appearances have provided important opportunities for Colin to share his faith and music with an ever increasing audience.
Hope Country Gospel Band
It is wonderful to have the Hope Country Gospel Band with us for the first time in Morecambe. Based in the beautiful town of Hereford on the Welsh border, the group play and festivals and events throughout the British Isles and bring the message of the Gospel to people of all walks of life. Their brand of country music is ideal for singing along to and their blend of excellent musicianship and vocal harmonies create a joyful sound that lifts praise to God.
Kingdom Bound have been together now for almost four years and in that time they have had the privilege of singing at churches and concerts throughout Northern Ireland. The band is made up of Stephen Ellis, Matthew Farrell and Andrew Cornett. Kingdom Bound love to sing old hymns and choruses in a simple, stripped back way using just an acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies. They launched their debut album, "I saw the light" in May of 2015 at the Whitby gospel convention. It is a collection of old hymns, choruses and original songs written by the guys themselves. The boys have a real desire to go out and minister in song in the hope that their ministry can bring others to know a real and personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour.
Being the son of a lay preacher, Andrew was encouraged to use his musical talents from a very young age, performing with his sisters as his parents would visit small rural chapels and churches in Mid Wales. Andrew has been leading worship in his local church for over 20 years and has had opportunities to lead worship at events and other churches, including New Wine Wales.
A grade 8 pianist, he studied at London School of Theology where he completed a degree in Music, Theology and Worship and also qualified as Secondary Music Teacher. Andrew has been working as a Music teacher in schools for 15 years and has worked both as a classroom teacher and a peripatetic music teacher teaching a wide range of music including, more recently, the Ukulele!
Andrew finds regular opportunities to perform with local musicians in theatres and music venues, and continues to serve as a musician and worship leader in his local church. He has performed and worked with Sound of Wales on many occasions including performing in the after hours programme at Spring Harvest.
The Ayrton Family
A Lancashire hill farming family, the Ayrtons need no introduction to Gospel music fans in the North West of England. Brothers Robert, Raymond and Paul, along with Raymond's wife Rachel present songs with a straight forward message that leave you in no doubt as to their commitment to spreading the Gospel through music.
Friday 27th September and Saturday 28th September
Doors Open at 6.00pm
Praise each evening from 6.40pm led by The Gospel Songbook Praise Band.
Programme each evening starts at 7.00pm
Doors Open 10.00am
Programme starts at 10.30am
Doors Open 1.30pm
Programme starts at 2.00pm
Sunday Morning 29th 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.