Our good friend Rick Jensen of the Liturgy Fellowship has recently moved over to the UK to help with a church and it got me thinking about music resources I’ve run across from England/Scotland/Ireland over the past couple of years. My wife and I lived in London for a few years and I was thankful for the exposure to all that God is doing there in the realms of music and worship. Besides the obvious ones (Keith and Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend, Matt Redman, Tim Hughes) below are a bunch more that we’ve enjoyed.
JG Hymns (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Jonathan Green has been retuning hymns for a long time now and has contributed to a couple of Cardiphonia comps. You can check out his series of albums over at BandCamp. You can read a great interview with him at Hopeful Realism
Matt Searles (Oak Hill Theological and Wimbledon, UK)
Matt has written and produced a couple of albums exploring the psalms. They are simple, singable, and worthy checking out at his BandCamp site. Here is also a nice REVIEW from Bob Kauflin’s Worship Matters site.
Resound Worship is a collection of local songwriters connected to the church and under the Jubilate publishing banner. Sam Hargreaves who I met on occasion is one of the leaders of this project. Their site has a terrific collection of contemporary songs for liturgical/contemporary worship.
New Scottish Hymns
A group of songwriters retuning hymns in scotland. You can learn more about this project HERE. You can listen to a few tracks at Soundcloud. You can also watch a one hour interview NSH facilitated with Kevin Twit.
The Rend Collective (Northern Ireland)
I saw these guys from Northern Ireland a few years back at the National Worship Leaders Collective. They’ve grown in popularity and have some great songs! A blend of Irish folk, mumford and sons, and americana. Check them out at their own site, worshiptogether.com, etc.