Andy Flannagan Fan
Hhhmmm.... I have seen Andy Flannagan about 6 times in the last week. He was at Merseyfest and at Greenbelt and saw him loads at both events. I thought he was even better at Greenbelt than at Merseyfest, as he was accompanied by various instruments including an oboe, violin, cello and bass. Sounding a bit obsessed but I am not, honest!
I am trying to work out why I like him so much... I think it is because his songs are thought provoking and not always immediate - it takes a while to get to the depth of the song. And he just seems really genuine and interacts really well with the crowd. And I like the music! While at Greenbelt I went to a worship session that he led with others on Make Poverty History. Monday was MPH day and Greenbelt used the story of the Wizard of Oz to get people involved. The session looked at the tin man's heart and we thought about how to get God's heart for justice. There was liturgy, drumming, a yellow brick road and lots of lovely bread. The whole thing was thoughtful and challenging across different ages., and I am trying to get hold of some of the material so I can borrow parts in the future.
Anyway... the post isn't really going anywhere, so I'll stop rambling soon - if you haven't heard his album 'Son', give it a listen as there are some great songs and it is a good CDRom package as well. I love the song 'Why does life have to be so fragile?' with a beautiful accompanying video and moving story, but it isn't on the album. You'll just have to go and see him live.