Artists taking part in the 2018 Morecambe Gospel Bayfest include;
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.
In the past 10 years Live Issue has released four albums, produced three television programmes for Revelation TV in London, undertaken four very successful tours of the United States, including their debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. The band has also performed and recorded with many of the top American artists from the worlds of Country and Gospel music.
Live Issue's line up comprises of Roy Dreaning, Ivan McLernon, Carl Sands, Sam Armstrong and Colin Elliott. Although the group still plays at many events in Northern Ireland, they are also regularly found performing at concerts and conventions throughout the British Isles and Europe. It is clear when you watch and listen to Live Issue just how much the members of the group love their music, yet more importantly the band believes that the Gospel message behind the songs is the most important aspect of their concerts.
Michael and Teenie Harcus
Michael was brought up in the small island of Westray, one of the northern islands in Orkney. His family were farmers and he was brought up on the family farm which he became a partner in during his late teens.
Michael asked Jesus into his life at the age of 8, but never shared this until he was 12. His faith started to grow after he shared his story with someone else.
In 1990 he married his wife Teenie and they have two grown up children – Hannah and Matthew.
Music had a big input into Michael’s life, leading worship in his local church and being part of local groups. In the late 1990s Michael was encouraged to record some of his own Christian contemporary country songs and has since gone on to record several albums.
Michael started to tour Scotland in 1999 with his first album and he continues to sing and minister throughout the UK and further afield. In recent years Michael has been joined full time on stage by his wife, Teenie, who is an excellent singer. In Morecambe they will also be accompanied by their friend Mairi Warren, who adds harmonies and piano to the group. Their ministry is to encourage the church – building them in their relationship with Jesus, to help reach the lost and see the captives set free.
Margaret lives in the village of Ballinamallard in County Fermanagh. She has been a committed Christian from the age of six and music has played a major role throughout her life. Margaret has performed at many venues throughout Ireland and in 2015 had the privilege to perform in Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Margaret loves to sing Country Gospel music and has recorded 4 albums of both favourites and original material. Unfortunately Margaret missed last year’s Gospel Bayfest due to ill health so we are delighted to have her with us this year.
This Choir takes contemporary Gospel music to another level with its unique blend of voices and harmonies. The inspired leadership of Musical Direct Tyndale Thomas MBE, combined with over 16 years performance experience has produced a stunning sound and versatile choral ensemble. Their performances are guaranteed to be fun, lively, joyful, uplifting and most importantly interactive. The audience is in for a magical performance.
One Voice Community Choir was one of only six choirs from the whole of the UK to reach the final of BBC’s Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2013 competition. The competition judges included Ruby Turner who acclaimed the choir as “fantastic, super, dynamic” and Carrie Grant who said “This is the choir I most want to join!”
Roger is the speaker during the Morecambe Gospel Bayfest weekend. He was born and brought up in Horsforth outside Leeds and lives there to this day. He is married to Dorothy, and they have four children and six grandsons. His mother was Armenian; his father was a Yorkshireman.
Roger found faith in Christ at the age of 15 in the Lebanon, when an uncle – after a game of tennis – clearly explained the Christian message to him. Following university, Roger was a teacher for several years, before embarking as a full-time evangelist. Travelling largely in the UK, he speaks at universities and churches. Strongly supportive of Christian literature, he has also written numerous pamphlets, and a number of books, including such titles as ‘And some Evangelists,’ ‘Things God Wants you to Know,’ and ‘Where is God in a messed-up World?’