Review by Rev Dr Paul Chalson
Thirsty Ground is a small group of singers who meet at Scots Memorial Uniting Church in Hobart to explore faith and life through writing songs together. Seven songs which have emerged from the life of this group are now available on their self-titled CD.
This is a lovely CD, often joyful, sometimes profoundly moving and consistently of a high standard of performance and production. That this is a community group of diverse capabilities is at times clearly reflected yet I found this to be a strength which added, to rather than distracted from, the overall character of the CD.
From the first track I found myself drawn into the sense of spirit which breathes through the entire work. The bluesy ‘Jesus walking over the sea’ gets my feet tapping whilst I am deeply affected with each listen to ‘The Spirit Moves and Shines’.
I have high expectations of what I listen for in lyrics and I was not disappointed by these honest songs which reflect the joys and struggles of the life of faith. The acoustic instrumentation ably enhances the overall sound whilst never overshadowing the vocals of this singing group which remain the focus of the CD throughout.
The members of Thirsty Ground are also members of The Choir of High Hopes which is dedicated to revealing the gifts of people coping with disadvantage in its many forms. The full choir joins the group on several tracks. Noted Tasmanian songwriter and performer John Coleman lends his considerable skills to facilitate the groups’ writing, performance and the recording.
Scots Memorial Uniting Church has long supported the Choir of High Hopes and generously funded this project. All proceeds from the sale of the CD will go towards supporting the work of the choir.
I’ve had the chance to listen to this CD a number of times now and I’ve enjoyed it on each occasion, both for the musical pleasure and the encouragement in faith that it gives.
For a copy of the CD contact John Coleman: E – firstname.lastname@example.org, P- 03 6278 9520 or M – 0401 489 728