The Hudson Taylors in Concert
The Hudson Taylors (Noel Richards, Brian Houston and Wayne Drain) are due to make their first visit to the Highland capital at a worship concert organised by Inverness-based aLive Ministry.
Culduthel Christian Centre
Friday, 24 February 2012
THE HUDSON TAYLORS - What started in 2001 with the collaboration of three diverse - but equally passionate, talented and authentic - singer/songwriters, has turned into something else: a musical project that has legs and lungs and looks set to last.
Noel Richards, Brian Houston and Wayne Drain formed The Hudson Taylors a decade ago, with no fixed plans beyond a US Tour. Yet after its success they gave in to the pull of the studio. There, in Nashville, they turned up to simply ‘see what happened’. What happened Was Hurricane - their 2002 album released by Kingsway. As debuts go, Hurricane had more power in it than most. It saw them touring the UK, Germany, Holland, Canada and USA throughout 2003, to the delight of a wide range of crowds.
There’s something about the make-up of The Hudson Taylors that gets to the heart of their appeal. Comprising a Welshman, an Irishman and an American Cherokee/Scot, The Hudson Taylors bring the table a wealth of experience, heritage and skill. Their unique sound blends the raw nature of the Celtic with the tone and truth of country, acoustic rock and blues.
Simple ballads sit alongside congregational worship numbers, and all along there’s the sense of these songs getting right down to business: dealing with issues of justice, devotion and the simple steps of faith.
David Maclean of event-organisers Alive Ministries comments:
"I am thrilled that the guys have agreed to hold their only Scottish concert in Inverness as part of their one week UK tour this February,it will be a fantastic night of worship and fellowship together. It will be a great start to a busy year for us all at Alive Ministry, with the Alive Festival week running again this year from 15th to 23rd June.
Tickets for the event are available directly from the Alive Festival website.
Cost £9 for an Adult, £5 for under 16s, with family tickets aslo available. Adult tickets are HALF PRICE until 31st January 2012!
Alternatively, tickets can be obtained by:
Tel. 01463 248280 or
Additionally tickets can be purchased at CLC bookshop in Inverness.
Noel Richards Noel lives in Palma, Spain and is well known as a worship leader and writer of modern worship hymns and songs. So many of his songs have become church standards the world over, and he currently has 17 of his songs listed in the CCLI Top 500.
Noel has performed in over thirty countries, in venues ranging from small town halls to stadiums. In 1997 he organised the Champion of the World event at Wembley Stadium, attracting a crowd of 45,000 with a follow-up event (Calling All Nations) in 2006 at the Olympic Stadium Berlin, Germany. He has also recently appeared on BBC TV's Songs of Praise programme, which regularly attracts 3 million viewers.
Brian Houston Since the start of his solo career Brian Houston has been writing and performing as a truly independent artist. He has appeared alongside such music legends as Van Morrison, Robert Plant, Chuck Berry and Elvis Costello, and according to veteran BBC DJ Bob Harris Brian is ‘one of Britain’s Great Songwriters’.With a CV that contains albums like the critically acclaimed Masterpiece, Three Feet From Gold and Gospel Road (which has been named ‘album of the year’ by BBC Radio Two producers), Brian is in constant demand. In 2011 an appearance for a US delegation led to him being invited to attend the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC with President Barack Obama.
Wayne Drain Wayne is a worship leader and song writer who appeared on numerous albums on the Scripture in Song label throughout the 1980s. Since then he has been published by Kingsway Music and has released several albums with them. The latest - Treasures - is a collection of some of his best loved songs and was released in 2004.Wayne has been a regular visitor to the UK for more than 30 years and his prophetic insights and encouragement have impacted many people, including singers, musicians and writers involved in the Christian music community.Wayne Drain has pastored the Fellowship of Christians Church, in Russellville, Arkansas, USA for more than 35 years.