13 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Campfire documents this freewheeling Irish Christian combo leading a congregation in praise of the Saviour around a beachside blaze. The set features both favourite tunes from the group’s earlier albums and new material, infusing them all with a foot-stomping energy that brings to mind the likes of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. Rend Collective Experiment has built an international following by stripping back modern worship music to its populist roots; here, the group go even further toward primal simplicity. Co-lead singer Chris Llewellyn kicks things off with a tender rendition of the folk hymn “Kumbaya” before partner Will Heron joins him in leading the crowd through “Come on My Soul”, “Movements”, “Build Your Kingdom Here" and similarly rousing numbers. A winsome tone slowly builds through the rendition of Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons”, and the rollicking “Praise Like Fireworks” brings Campfire’s worshipful festivities to an ecstatic conclusion. Throughout, the combo’s unfettered interplay of guitars, accordion, fiddle, banjo, standup bass and handheld percussion keeps the music flowing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Campfire documents this freewheeling Irish Christian combo leading a congregation in praise of the Saviour around a beachside blaze. The set features both favourite tunes from the group’s earlier albums and new material, infusing them all with a foot-stomping energy that brings to mind the likes of Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. Rend Collective Experiment has built an international following by stripping back modern worship music to its populist roots; here, the group go even further toward primal simplicity. Co-lead singer Chris Llewellyn kicks things off with a tender rendition of the folk hymn “Kumbaya” before partner Will Heron joins him in leading the crowd through “Come on My Soul”, “Movements”, “Build Your Kingdom Here" and similarly rousing numbers. A winsome tone slowly builds through the rendition of Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons”, and the rollicking “Praise Like Fireworks” brings Campfire’s worshipful festivities to an ecstatic conclusion. Throughout, the combo’s unfettered interplay of guitars, accordion, fiddle, banjo, standup bass and handheld percussion keeps the music flowing.

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About Rend Collective

A modern praise & worship band founded in Bangor, Northern Ireland, the Rend Collective (formerly known as the Rend Collective Experiment) is exactly what the name says, more a spiritual and creative collective than a band per se, blending praise lyrics with a kind of experimental folk-rock approach. Growing out of a group of Christian friends looking for a way to bring spirituality more in line with the complexities and confusions of life in the 21st century, the band, at least when it tours, consists primarily of drummer Gareth Gilkeson, vocalists Will Herron and Chris Llewellyn, percussionist and keyboardist Ali Gilkeson, horn player and accordionist Bridget Herron, and bassist Patrick Thompson. Recorded mostly in churches and homes, debut album Organic Family Hymnal appeared in 2010, followed by Homemade Worship by Handmade People in 2012, both released by Kingsway Music. A live set, Soul Survivor & Momentum - Kingdom Come: Live 2012, came out later that year via Integrity Music, which also released Campfire early in 2013. The Art of Celebration, which hit the Billboard 200 Top 15 and U.K. Top 30, arrived in 2014, along with a holiday album, Campfire Christmas, Vol. 1. Their fifth studio album, As Family We Go, was issued in the summer of 2015. The following year the group released Campfire II: Simplicity, a sequel to their 2013 album. Their first best-of collection, Build Your Kingdom Here (dubbed a "mixtape" by the band), followed in 2017. Intended as an elixir to the day's headlines, the studio album Good News arrived in January 2018. ~ Steve Leggett

ORIGIN
Bangor, Northern Ireland
FORMED
2007

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