Singer/Songwriter

With testimony and performance by Charity Quin.

Sunday 12th June

7-8pm at All Saints Church, Saxtead

BIOGRAPHY:

Charity says that she first picked up the guitar at the age of twelve! Her memories of singing go back further than that though, to the age of five when she found both faith and voice at the same time.

She says: I am one of six children, born in London, England. My father’s family came from Cork, and my mother’s from Dublin. Everyone sang and/or played something. I am so thankful for that bedrock of musical experience, as it was a joy and also helped to train my ear.

One of my brothers introduced me to folk music from ‘across the pond’ and at the same time I was listening to classical composers like Vaughan Williams and Debussy. Soul music was there too; for some reason the emerging U.K. chart music didn’t do it for me. I don’t remember when I started to write songs, but I think it started with poems, and that is still true today; the words generally come first and the music follows. Words, melody, and a good bass line! I love all three!

WHAT INSPIRES AND FIRES CHARITY

She says: People! The ever changing painting that is the world around. Beauty poured out like best wine, whether seen or unseen. A passion to know God better, in all His richness, beauty and diversity, and to understand His grace. I am just on a journey of discovery, which is at times painful and at times joyful, and if some of that can be entwined in a song, and be useful to someone else, then that is success.

She describes her style as:

The simplest way to describe my music is ‘folk/Celtic’ I am told that my songs have a healing and soothing quality, which I guess we all need in these times, but please, if you can, listen to the clips.

I can provide anything from just myself and piano, to full band, depending on budget. I am also happy to be part of an event/conference, where the songs might be useful to the general theme. At Christian events I love to share my experiences of faith, but at regular concerts I am sensitive to people’s differing views, and concentrate on the music.

RECORDINGS:

Charity's first recording was part of an album called ‘Dance on Injustice’ for the Greenbelt festival. During the Kosovo crisis, she recorded a song called Rockaby. That song became part of ‘Journeys of the Heart’ which was an album recorded with Andrew Rayner, David Fitzgerald (Iona) and Tim Oliver, amongst others. She recorded a song called ‘Beauty for Ashes’ after the events of 9/11. These recordings are only available through her site.