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SEPTEMBER 14th 2008
First gig of '08 - "...it
HAS been a long time, hasn't it?"
Well, finally, truth2tell
took to the boards last night, and it felt SO right to be back, praising
God and ripping through some incendiary songs - both high octane and slow
birners. We played FOUR new tracks as well as every song from our
first (so far...) CD, and other staples that have become firmly lodged on
Gremlins still raised their heads in the day, but we are a Christian
ministry and band, and it takes more than severely malfunctioning sound
equipment to stop us!
HUGE vote of thanx AND congratulations to our 11th hour soundman Charlie
Graupner, who took to the faders like a duck to water. For that
only, shame he's off to Uni....
Nice sized crowd for Dan's baptismal gig, there were many photos taken
once again, and we hope that we can post some decent ones in the near
Next stop, Congers....
SPRING & SUMMER 2008
Hi Dan, bye Ewan
Ewan reluctantly calls it a day
After the first 6 months of
inactivity due to too many obstacles (Jakey was ill, Dave E spends half
his working life in Africa!, Steve leaving) Ewan made a brave decision to
leave truth2tell and concentrate on a new direction - Christian
Dance events. You may not have known this but Ewan not only is a fantastic
keyboard player (if you have seen us in past years you will already know
this) but also a very good DJ, and not only for weddings, birthdays and
bar-mitzvahs either. He is a dance music junkie, and after much prayer and
deliberation, will pursue a most different music ministry.
Ewan was the original co-founder of truth2tell with Jakey - Jakey
came to him and asked if he'd like to be part of a new Christian music
project that he was looking to put together. We have had some
amazing musical moments both on stage and in rehearsals, and his is a
talent that will be very, but VERY hard to replace. BIG thanks and
blessings to Ewan for all that he has put into the band since its
So we may not even try. Currently the rest of the band are working hard on
honouring a gig in Congresbury this October, and have arranged a warmup
gig to let us try out the key-less arrangements on you. It also
introduces DAN to you...
Jakey has played aongside Dan Instone, in several events at what
used to be Dan's school - Mangotsfield. He is a Christian, and has had an
interesting musical journey with God, playing bass, ukulele, trombone and
various things that he can hit. He has performed at several Spring
Harvests, and is currently learning our second set of material. To
accommodate this, Dave Edwards has put his bass down, and is our
occasional (until his regular working trips to Guinea cease) rhythm
JANUARY 13th 2008
Jakey forces postponement of
next truth2tell gig
This is hard for Jakey to take
- it is his first cancellation due to illness, but he is laid low with a
debilitating chest condition, with no voice, racking cough and a most
The CONGRESBURY gig will be moved to possibly the end of February, and we
apologise to all those with tickets already.
We will honour those tickets for the rearranged date
truth2tell and new
After Congresbury (see "Dates"
page) we will be working VERY HARD on getting our next raft of new songs
recorded and available.
DECEMBER 20th 2007
truth2tell play for St Paul's, WSM
We were blessed to be invited to be
the music for a new venture based in Weston-Super-Mare's happening church
of St Paul's. "The King's Table" is an
invitation-only evening for those on the edges of society - the homeless,
the abused, the ex-addicts - to have some fellowship, love, food, heat and
prayer. In any order they need.
It was a humbling occasion; our song "Lonely Man" doesn't even
begin to touch on what these people had been through, and the testimonies
we heard were examples of how deep a person can go and still come up
again, to find the Lord waiting to mend their hearts and lives.
It was our last performance of
the year, and our first officially as a four-piece.
Steve Nuttall has left truth2tell
It was a very hard decision
both for Steve to make and for truth2tell to take. Steve has been through
the mill in 2007, no details necessary. We are advised that it is
for reasons - totally unrelated to the band - that Steve has asked to
leave the band with immediate effect.
The initial reaction has been shock and loss.
We will be rearranging our material, or dropping songs, to cover for this;
Steve has contributed greatly to the band and his contributions - both
with his guitars and his voice - are missed. Take care, thank you, and God
Dave Edwards has accepted the challenge of replacing him; we need a new
OCTOBER 19th 2007
Life's a stage . . .
An opportunity to try out life on
high (as it were), truth2tell played Soundwell again, and this time
we elected to perform in the hall, on the stage. This was an
important night for Heather Hackett, who took the sound desk controls for
the first time. Will we see more in '08? Get to Congresbury
(see "Dates" page)
and find out...!
New shirts in the second set, courtesy of Dave Edwards, who is spend a lot
of 2007 in Africa
SEPTEMBER 29th 2007
Hurricane truth2tell hits Bristol coast . . .
Well, what a start to our
autumn!!! truth2tell hit Portishead like a spiritual ton of
bricks... many thanx to Pam for inviting us down, we had an eventful
Breaking in potential sound engineers to replace Mike (more about that
later), plus new equipment, AND new songs could make for a calamitous
night. However, prayer is good, and God DOES listen...
The people of Portishead and environs made the gig a sheer joy to
play. From the off there was dancing the loud stuff and listening to
HOWEVER, we want YOU to write in with your thoughts, reviews and
requests.... tell us what you reckoned of the night (follow
this link to email us) and we will post it up on the Reviews
page . . .
Thanx to the people of the Methodist church, we hope to see you sometime
soon! God bless. t2txx
SEPTEMBER 4th 2007
After the summer . . .
We are rested and recharging for the
autumn. The lights are sorted (see June 23), and Jakey had taken two
guitars and a 4-track to Kernow, came back with some song ideas, which the
band are currently making into new songs to perform and record.
Recording? Well, we have some tracks down, several more in the
pipeline, and as yet, no release date. There will be previews
Gigs? We will close September with a show at Portishead.
Exciting times, truth2tell have not played by the seaside
before! One show awaiting confirmation in Bristol (Soundwell), and a
few irons in the fire that need restoking now that the holidays are
over... we will let you all know.
JUNE 23rd 2007
An erm, *interesting* evening.....
What IS it with us and gigs?
We'd LOVE to have a hassle-free show one time. Someone obviously
doesn't want us to succeed...
Last night at Frampton we hade a MAD night.
Our lights kept on burning out, and the forensics squad are
Steve was unavoidably absent due to extreme family matters
And to cap it all, Dave E was stranded with a dead car on the way
home from Wales, and eventually turned up as Jakey was introducing the 4th
It was a blast though, great turnout, and the kids were so up for it! Well
moshed, danced, conga'd, waved and sang, guys. Between you and the
guts and Conga, you rock our boots off :)
Can we borrow you for our other shows?
PS: Quote from CCM-on-BCFM's
gig last night. 5, 4 or 3 members you still do a blessed, professional
HOW long since we posted any news? Time to make amends..
It seems like forever since we trod
any boards, but this month sees us in FRAMPTON COTTERELL, with a
support act :)
"Until Tomorrow" are a band of regulars to the Zion
United Church "Rock Solid" meets, and thy do look like fervent
Find them on MySpace...
radio interview due online
We were contacted (through MySpace...) by Nick, from the newly-on-air
radio station BCFM, and he came to a rehearsal recently armed with
a microphone and a recording device. We talked about the band, its
ministry, its music and generally talked.... and performed "Spirit
in the Sky" for him, and you. At this time we cannot
vouch for the sound quality (or even if it is usable!) but Nick's shows
run at 9.00 pm on Sundays, both on your wireless (93.2fm) or online; there
is also a podcast option, we are advised.
BCFM (Bristol Community FM) rose from what was Radio 19 - a
station with good links to Emmaus (which is linked to us by Dave
Perry, our resident Fiery Drum Dragon), and we are glad to be supporting
New directions, new tunes, new beginnings....
After the mighty noise that was a
thunderously great gig in Congresbury in January, truth2tell are pushing
hard for FESTIVAL shows (Spring
Creation Fest and Greenbelt_07), as well as new local gigs for you all to bring your friends and
neighbours to! Your prayers are always welcome, and also lobbying any of the
festivals about truth2tell would be cool. Just don't tell'em we said so...
We are also creating more new songs, and have started the looong task of
committing them to hard disk, preparing for the new cd. Or set of
We also premiered our new entrance
music, which was a blast for us to walk on stage to, as well as building up the
excitement in the audience at Congresbury!!!! We will certainly use that
Did anyone (not within the truth2tell
Inner Sanctum, obviously!) recognise where it came from?
We are gathering forces for the new year! New original songs, new cover
songs, new ideas for the stage show, and after Christmas the push for more gigs.
Hounslow was a great gig - great sound (blessings and thanx to Kevin of KH
Sounds), great church to play in - but sparsely attended, and we do not
understand why. It'll be a spiritual rather than publicity issue, we pray
for their churches, team and people.
Plus, of course, a nice break from everything for the time we celebrate the
birth of our Lord Jesus Christ :)
NEW CD OUT THERE!!!
Our first CD "like iT is"
is moving nicely. selling nicely at our gigs and getting good reports and RADIO
We are looking into several aspects of making the disks available to you - we
have a PayPal (©) account for secure online credit card transactions, and are
finalising investigations into whether or not to trade on eBay (on a "Buy
It Now" basis).
Another option, which has hit the doldrums, was secure online purchasing on this
site, but the clue here is "doldrums"...
We get to rest up a while now, next show is on London in November, so time to
take stock, look at our setlists and how to improve, get some new material
worked out, start planning our next CD - which should be a much longer
venture; we have some really good material already lined up - progrock, thrash,
liltingly acoustic . . .
September 16th, 2006
NEW CD LAUNCH JUST A WEEK AWAY
We are expecting a VERY large
delivery soon...our first CD, "like it is"
The tracks are as listed just below, cost is £6.00 each for a jewelcased
cd package with full colour booklet and just shy of a very good half hour of top
notch Christian music. Not that we are in any way biased . . . .
SOUNDWELL will host the launch party next week - Saturday 23rd, tickets
held at £5.00 each (£3.00 concessions).
We will also have our T shirts available, which was not the case at our previous
It will be a hot night, and we intend to showcase most, if not all, of the
tracks on the CD, plus a few surprises. Selah!
LONG TIME NO UPDATE . . . Apologies
1) RECORDING NEWS
Our first CD should be ready for
launch on SEPTEMBER 23RD at our SOUNDWELL event!!!
We will have much more detail soon, but we do know it'll be a five track CD, at
a very reasonable price.
ALL GOD'S CHILDREN
- and it rocks!!!
2) GIG NEWS
Our Dates page has fuller details but
our late September LNDON gig has had to be postponed to a yet-to-be-agreed
November Saturday in its wake. Again, more detials as soon as.
Keep abreast of truth2tell,s activities, become a MySpace Friend of the
. . .
A quick JUNE 06 Update
Well, great moves within camp.
We have dates coming together for
SOUNDWELL (CONFIRMED - Sept 23rd).
confirmed except the date - August?)
CONGRESBURY (CONFIRMED -
More details as soon as we
May 12th 2006
A new month, a new gig. Again, not
enough, but we are blessed that we can play our music and move our ministry
A fantastic night was had at St Augustine's Church, Whitchurch. New
friends made, faces recognised from other gigs, and the second set KICKED!!
Lisette Broadfoot did another polished sharing of the Christian Aid Act Justly
appeal, and we will be told soon how much money was raised for Christian Aid.
We now know - £406.25
was raised on the night. a tremendous effort by and from all concerned
- well done!!!
April 21st 2006
RECORDING NEWS :) We are
finalising TWO tracks at this time - Eternity and All God's Children.
Finding the time to get the necessary bandmembers in the same place at the same
time has been the primary hurdle (we are Christians, we don't have problems!),
but all bar one bit of guitar is now down, ready for pruning and mixing.
This will help the band to get to be known and wanted by many more organisations
than know us at present, so keep looking in, ready for the downloads....!
March 11th 2006
A new month, a new gig.
A great evening, with thanx to St
Nicholas Family Centre for inviting us to rock out at Yate. And equally
great to see faces last seen at previous gigs! Our music is getting
tighter in many areas, Jakey even went without a music stand to hide
behind for the first time in YEARS as a frontman!! And the ministry is
really taking shape, which is a most important thing.
If you were there, tell us your thoughts on the new Forum, which at last
is up and running. Photos? Email 'em in, show'em off!
New songs are still emerging on a regular basis, and the setlist will never be
the same from gig to gig . . .
February 25th 2006
Well, we have restarted the recording
process with Eternity and All
God's Children successfully (this time!!!) layering nicely. Next will
be Sing Now, which was going down VERY well at Congresbury. As soon
as we can rush a few seconds onto the site we will tell you, for
.....And the new truth2tell T-SHIRTS
look good too :)
February 4th 2006
A little side-issue but it directly
concerned 40% of the band. Dave P, Steve and Jakey all worship at Soundwell, where today, there was a ROCK COMMUNION put together superbly
by the vicar, Rev. Ian Wills. At this time DP (drums), Jakey (mandolin -
but dirty, overdriven RAWK mandolin)), Steve (guitars) and Ian (bass) are due to
make up a scratch band playing about 30 minutes of red hot jigs and reels, to
close the season of light at Candlemass Sunday.
Don't forget - two gigs looming - Yate (March and Whitchurch (May)!!
January 13th 2006
blew Congresbury away! Fantastic gig - great support from St Andrews, great
reaction from the moshpit; all ages from 7 to 70 were totally up for it.
More info and reaction forthcoming.
AND we have been invited back . . . :)
December 29th 2005
Played a short and much improvised (ie
Xmas tunes a'plenty!) set for
Caring at Christmas - a Bristol charity giving shelter, food, warmth and
love to those unfortunate to be homeless at this time. We may have touched
a few hearts...and a way to hear what needs to be polished for 2006.
Thanx to Mikey for sound on this one!!
OCTOBER 21st 2005
Our first gig WENT DOWN A STORM - despite technical hitches.
WE HAVE SOME PICTURES in the Gallery...
We have a bass player :)
Ewan's left hand was becoming tired of doing the bass duties (Keane we certainly
ain't!!) and we had been looking for a good Christian bassist. Well, Dave
Edwards, who has a good long Christian music pedigree, was coaxed by Ewan into
trying us out, and we passed the audition....
We also have formalised the setlist for our first gig, which will be two
sets interspersed by the Christian Aid presentation which will be dynamic,
before and during which wine and fruit juices will be sold. Then wt2t will
take to the floor again and lead the dancing, singing and mayhem until the last
encore has been forced through our parched and tortured throats. Or not...
With God's blessings we will have a night to remember.
Late September 2005
We are back to square one with the
demo. No names, no pack drill, but suffice to say, some of us have had one
heck of a journey up a near-vertical learning curve:) Not a problem in the
slightest, we are already on plan B. Which is "start again from
Preparations for our inaugural show are coming on well, the setlist is down, and
we are tweaking the songs, and getting VERY excited about life...
...and we are going to make wines and soft drinks available during a short
interval, plus a short talk on a new venture that Christian Aid are putting
together for the world. Followed by another set of truth2tell in
high-energy mode. Oh yes :)
Three tracks down, apart from Dave's drums and Steve's guitar bits. Final
mixdown to come, then we will have some 20sec samples to download, plus a demo
CD. Amazing how that with one component missing, the overall sound is so
missing something... 1 Corinthians chapter 12,
The recording process does not sleep, either - full album in the works :)
Still working well on our
ever-increasing list of songs, and this month sees us preparing some tracks for
sale or download. Ewan is using the summer break well to record, mix and edit several of
our original songs.
We also have a LAUNCH DATE - OCTOBER 21st 2005, at St Stephens parish church, in Soundwell, Bristol.
Sticking to a good round figure - £5.00 (or £3.00 if you are too young, old or
ALL PROFITS ARE
GOING TO CHRISTIAN AID
When dates and promo materials are sorted, we will publicise it to the hilt.
The setlist is developing nicely, and some songs are SO ready to perform, it is
a joy to be a part of such a sound (gush, gush...)
Graphics have been shortlisted, and it is beginning to feel like a real band! We
all want this to be a success for us, for you, and for the Lord.
As the school holidays loom, we are preparing a plan of action to record a demo
cd for promotion purposes, and are investigating a pre-launch live event in
May / June 2005
truth2tell are rehearsing quite like mad things to get an inaugural set
So far, several original songs and some covers are sort of in the bag.
Watch this space :)