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I Will Not Sing Alone (CD)

John L. Bell, the Macappella Ceilidh Band and the Wild Goose Collective.

From the Wild Goose Resource Group

SKU/ISBN: 9781901557893

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 songs include exclamations of praise, meditative reflections on the love of God, and laments for the loss of a child and for countries at war.

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 coutouriers.

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 psuedo-celtic escapist ditties, but songs of engagement with life and with God, all grounded in the passion and pain of Christian love.

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.


  1. The Lord is my light - Wild Goose Collective
  2. How can I keep from singing? - Macappella
  3. The treasure - Macappella
  4. Were I the perfect child - Macappella
  5. I will give what I have - Wild Goose Collective
  6. I will sing a song of love - Wild Goose Collective
  7. He is the Way - Wild Goose Collective
  8. Jesus Christ here among us - Wild Goose Collective
  9. A cradling song - Wild Goose Collective
  10. In this darkness - Wild Goose Collective
  11. If the war goes on - Macappella
  12. I heard the voice of Jesus say - Macappella
  13. Hey my love - Wild Goose Collective
  14. I am the Vine - Wild Goose Collective
  15. O Jesus, sweet the thought of you - Wild Goose Collective
  16. Mothering God - Wild Goose Collective
  17. The mind of God - Wild Goose Collective


Alison Adam, Michael Bannister, John L. Bell, Neil Glover, Phil Jakob, Helen Killick, Julie McCann, Graham Maule, Andy Moss, Mairi Munro, Sally-Anne Porter, Christine Reid, Victoria Rudebark, Fiona Squires, Craig Stevenson, Carol Whyte, Neil Young, with Suzanne Adam (fiddle), Stuart Muir (organ & keyboards) and Ewan Vernal (bass).


Christine Carson (vocals, accordion & piano), Ian Galloway (vocals & guitar), Julie Galloway (vocals & accordion), Neil Squires (vocals & fiddle), Wilf Taylor (percussion), Kate Kramer (vocals, viola & fiddle).

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Additional Information

Subline From the Wild Goose Resource Group
Performer(s) Macappella Ceilidh Band
Authors No
Author(s) John L. Bell, the Macappella Ceilidh Band and the Wild Goose Collective.
ISBN 9781901557893
Date Added 7 Feb 2009


Listener reviewReview by Claire - Halleluja House Gift Centre, Annan
Lovely, soothing and special. A definite must for singers! (Posted on 11/01/2013)
Listener reviewReview by Penny Brown
When I first listened I was a bit disappointed - my first real experience of Iona music was this year when I joined in the Big Sing at Greenbelt (my first visit). I`d expected the CD to be like that - four part harmony, something to share with my congregation. But from the second hearing onwards I absolutely loved it! The more I listen the more moved I am by it. The words are beautifully and clearly sung and they express my own experience of God and my own belief in his mercy and love so exactly that as I listen and sing along I find that either tears are pouring down my face or my spirit soars with happiness (depending which track I`m listening to!). (Posted on 11/01/2013)

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