The original ‘rocking rev’

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ONE OF the great voices of Christian pop, Garth Hewitt, is appearing in a special concert in Edzell this Friday.

The original Rocking Rev, Garth is internationally recognised for his enormous contribution to music and to using it to spread the Christian message.

Organised by Brechin Churches Together, Garth is appearing at Edzell Parish Church on Friday March 22 at 7.30 p.m. First and foremost a “troubadour”, Garth has performed in such diverse venues as Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee, rural village Gomathimuthupuram in Tamil Nadu, India, and Changi Prison in Singapore.

Until recently he has been the Guild Vicar of All Hallows on the Wall in the City of London - a centre for organisations involved in issues of justice and art. He is also an honorary Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem. In 2006 he was given special creditation by the House of Poets in Ramallah, West Bank for his ‘positive attitude towards the Palestinian people and their struggle towards freedom and justice’. He is a Patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and in 2007 Garth was given an award by the British relief and development agency Interpal for his ‘longstanding commitment to the Palestinian people and for his personal commitment through songs and telling the stories of ordinary Palestinians and their daily struggles’. Tickets priced £6/concession £4 are available at Edzell Post Office or Newsplus, Brechin.