Wild Goose Collective
Songs for the seasons of love
I Will Not Sing Alone is a deliberately eclectic collection of words and music from different ages, fused in contemporary arrangements.
There are ancient texts and modern texts, simple and sophisticated. There are choral anthems, folk tunes and contemporary syncopated melodies. The seventeen songs include exclamations of praise, meditative reflections on the love of God, laments for the loss of a child and for countries at war. These are songs of engagement with life and with God, all grounded in the passion and pain of Christian love. Includes Were I the perfect child of God and The mind of God.
The people who make the music are an even odder mixture. There are three cathedral musicians, several folk singers, some members of our previous Wild Goose Worship Group, a trainee Catholic priest, members of a ceilidh band, a descendant of a 14th century bishop, a Malayalam speaker, a native Swede, a Blue Peter badge winner – representing both genders, five nations, seven denominations and a variety of hairstylists and couturiers.
Perhaps this is the only way to offer songs of faith which are intended for everybody. This is not a high octane choral album or a selection of pseudo-celtic escapist ditties, but songs of engagement with life and with God, all grounded in the passion and pain of Christian love.
The songs are performed by the Wild Goose Collective & Macappella. Both groups are comprised of ex-WGWG members and associates of the WGRG.
The Wild Goose Collective comprises members and associates of the Wild Goose Resource Group, former musicians of lona Abbey and ‘discerning friends of our common purpose’. They coagulate here for the first time to record this collection.
The Macappella Ceilidh Band is based in Glasgow and is in constant demand for events and ceilidhs throughout Scotland. It has close connections with both the lona Community and Gorbals Parish Church in Glasgow.
A book containing all the songs is also available.
55 mins running time