These highly-talented Christian artists were interviewed exclusively ahead of their performances at the Connect Day:
House Above the Sun (Jim and Ariel Moreton)
Style of music: Alt Rock and Blues/Roots
Influences and inspiration: The Rolling Stones, Gram Parsons, Bob Dylan
Previously worked with: Gabriella Romano, Marc O’Reilly, The Hallelujah Trails
Favourite animal: Jim: Dogs and Sloths. Ariel: Bunnies!!!
Favourite vegan dish: Rice and Beans (also known as Gallo Pinto in Central America!)
Reflections on Christianity and animals: Animals have a special place in the kingdom and it is our commission to look after them, as part of all creation. It is deeply saddening to watch animals being hurt or taken advantage of. We are meant to be their advocates.
A very promising debut from the South London band” – David Cowling, Americana UK.
“House Above The Sun deal in beautifully constructed tightly wound guitar based epics that unfurl like the best of late seventies Television and Patti Smith, with a folk and Americana twist” – New Roots Promotions
Geri Van Essen
Style of music: Folk
Influences and inspiration: The Innocence Mission
Previously worked with: Martin Simpson
Favourite animal: I especially love my cat Alfie but love all animals, always have done.
Favourite vegan dish: Chips. I’m a terrible cook!!!
Reflections on Christianity and animals: I think our treatment of animals is part and parcel of our mandate to care for creation. Protecting animals all too often seems to be forgotten in evangelical-environmental theology.
Her voice stood out” – Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio 6 Music)
“Something beautiful that I heard which made me stop what I was doing and just listen to my radio.” – Nikki Bedi (BBC World Service – The Arts Hour)
Do join us on Saturday 3rd November to listen to these excellent artists and network among like-minded animal advocates!