This weekend we teamed up once again with the brilliant Clive Parnell for three concerts in Scotland.
Clive is a singer-songwriter from just outside Edinburgh and we had a thoroughly enjoyable time partnering with him and his band at the events. The concerts usually take place in churches where we work together to create an accessible evening for folk from any and every background to feel comfortable at.
The weekend started on Friday evening at Ebenezer Evangelical Church, Motherwell.
Clive has long been a supporter of the work of MAF and enjoys sharing stories of his lyrical inspirations in the concerts. His song ‘I Will Reach You’ talks of the journey of a pilot through the rain and the snow to their destination.
Although our concerts are focused on the fantastic live music, we take 5 or 10 minutes to share with everyone a little about how MAF is making a difference all over the world every single day. On this occasion, we showed a short video and spoke about some of the ways we are helping communities in Tanzania.
On Saturday, we took the tour on to Chryston United Free Church, just North East of Glasgow.
David Lyon opened with a couple of his own songs, before joining Clive on keyboard for the rest of the night. Clive is always keen to make sure his concerts are friendly and relaxed, joking with the audience that Westerners are far more interactive whereas in Edinburgh he has to encourage hecklers.
Our final stop was at Aberdeen Christian Fellowship for their Sunday evening service.
Megan MacPhie, who sung backing vocals for Clive over the course of the weekend, started us off by playing two cover songs. Clive was keen to get us all involved, conducting us as his choir in his song ‘Help’, an upbeat track which sings of the joy of hope and assistance that MAF flights bring to so many.
In Aberdeen, we also had the pleasure of meeting Ingrid, who once flew with MAF whilst she was working with those affected by conflicts South Sudan. It’s a pleasure to meet people that have been directly impacted by MAF’s work and it was great to see how positively Ingrid spoke about her experiences.
We arrived home late on Sunday night after an action-packed weekend filled with superb music, inspiring stories and a great deal of laughter. It’s a pleasure to run these events alongside Clive and the supportive host churches. Keep an eye out for news on more MAF concerts in 2019. It is an evening that should not be missed!
If you’re interested in hosting a Clive Parnell concert in support of MAF at your church or venue, then drop me an email or give me a call on 0791 2272 140.