Free Church fundraiser rocks the Wee Toon
A FREE Church minister, whose long hair and beard was once considered ‘outrageous’ rocked Campbeltown for charity last weekend.
Singer songwriter Alex MacDonald, who has been playing guitar and writing and performing songs since his teens and was a minister for almost 40 years, performed his own compositions as well as songs written by friends to a packed audience.
Scottish folk rock performer Alex was joined on stage by classically trained singer and pianist Cailean Morison and bass guitar player Phil Onslow.
Song topics, told from Alex’s particular perspective as a Christian, included running away from home, the Highland Clearances, moving to new lands and feeling lost, not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually.
A special song, Shepherd’s Song, telling the story of Mr MacDonald’s parents’ life – particularly his father’s – was performed.
Another told the story of how the word ‘Eternity’ came to be written on Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of the millennium celebrations, and that it was all down to one illiterate former solder, Arthur Stace, who was a petty criminal and alcoholic before discovering Christianity in the late 1940s.
During the set, Alex and Phil had a break and Cailean took centre stage, performing two songs about the healing powers of faith.
Throughout the evening Alex shared anecdotes and tales about how he came to write his stories.
He is well qualified to talk about religion, having studied theology at the Free Church College after philosophy and psychology at Edinburgh University.
At first his rock style got him into bother, but he eventually gained respectability and became the Free Church moderator, preaching before the Queen at Crathie.
Entry to the event was by donation at the door, with the £350 raised to be split between Kintyre charity Shopper-Aide and Christian relief agency Tearfund’s South Asia Floods Appeal.
There was barely a free seat as the audience packed into the Free Church.
Classically trained singer and pianist Cailean Morison performed two solo songs.
Singer songwriter Alex MacDonald was a Free Church minister for almost 40 years.
Band member Phil Onslow played bass guitar.
Alex MacDonald was joined on stage by two of his band members, Cailean Morison and Phil Onslow.