Elsa Harris guests on The Gospel Blues Train

Elsa Harris guests on The Gospel Blues Train

This Friday, 28 April at 8.00pm, The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman features an exclusive interview with Chicago-based gospel singer Elsa Harris. 

In a career that has lasted over half a century, Elsa talks about her time touring with the likes of Paul Simon and Jessy Dixon and how her latest album ‘Let Me People Go’ highlights the problem of human trafficking and slavery. 

Irene MacBain of Caleb Radio interviewed Elsa for The Gospel Blues Train before a recent performance at Motherwell’s Calvary Christian Fellowship.

The Gospel Blues Train, Friday 28 April, 8.00pm and repeated Saturday 29 April at 7.00pm and Tuesday 2 May at 10.00pm plus Catch Up anytime.

Passion Play Lanarkshire celebrate Easter

Passion Play Lanarkshire celebrate Easter

This Holy Week, as people across Scotland celebrate Easter with everything from children’s egg hunts to special church services.

In Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the church will be taking the Easter message into their community with ground-breaking productions of the Passion Play.

The play at Hamilton Old Kirk, which will be performed in public for the first time, began this week with a Palm Sunday procession that attracted hundreds of people.

A cast of more than 30 people from the Hamilton area have been brought together, alongside professional actors in the roles of Judas and Jesus, to create an ambitious performance portraying the events leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Each year the churches of Hamilton take turns to host events to mark Holy Week. This year it’s up to Hamilton Old Kirk at Leechlee Road, Hamilton, where a husband and wife team have led the project.

Host minister Rev. Ross Blackman is “incredibly excited” about the production, and emphasises what he hopes will be a sensory performance.

On Thursday night, 13 April in Hamilton, the scene of the Last Supper included members of the Hamilton area clergy as disciples, who distributed the communion elements at the end of the service. View the video below of Thursday night’s scene

On Good Friday, 14 April, the service will conclude with Jesus on the cross outside the front of the church before being “buried” in the church for the weekend.

The event will culminate on Easter Sunday, 16 April, with a dawn service of resurrection at 6.30am and followed by scenes from the Resurrection at 10:30am.

The meaning of Easter
Rev Joanne Hood, minister at St John’s Church in Hamilton, is also taking part in the production, which hundreds are expected to attend. She said: “We wanted to do something to help everyone understand the meaning of Easter; of Christ’s resurrection and the joy it gives us. That’s why we will be staging the Passion Play both in the streets of Hamilton and in our churches. It’s a huge thing for us with all the churches coming together across denominations to put on a really special event for the community.”

TTBA playlist Wednesday 12 April

TTBA playlist Wednesday 12 April

Turn The Beat Around is produced and presented by Ian Arbuckle and broadcast on 100.8 Revival FM on Wednesday evenings from 8.00 until 10.00pm with a repeat on Saturdays 3.00 until 5.00pm plus available for 7 days after broadcasting at Catch Up anytime.


Playlist for the programme on Wednesday 12 April; repeat Easter Saturday 15 April 2017.

I’m Every Woman – Chaka Khan
Higher Love – Steve Winwood
All I need to know – 1000 Foot Krutch
Spacer – Sheila B Devotion
I am Amazing – Phillipa Hannah
Wild Mountain Thyme – The Silencers
(Feels like) Heaven – Fiction factory
Wake me up – Joey’s Dream
5-4-3-2-1 – Manfred Mann
Uptight (everythings alright) – Stevie Wonder
Breathe – Superchick

Eraser – Ed Sheeran
Baby Baby – Amy Grant
I got to find me somebody – The Vel-vets
You didn’t say a word – Yvonne Baker
Country Girl – Vickie Baines
Tribute(right on) – Pasedenas
ALBUM OF ed-sheeran-2THE MONTH 2 

Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
Boy With the Ocean in his Eyes – Yvonne Lyon
Tell it to my Heart – Taylor Dayne
Lets hear it for the boy – Deneice Williams
Oh you pretty things – David Bowie
DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN? Music and news from history
I feel the earth move – Martika
Waiting for a star to fall – Boy Meets Girl
Better Days – McLuskey Brothers
Burn Bright – John Neufield
Little Lies – Dave Barnes
Changing Man – Paul Weller

Ian says: “Thanks for listening. You’ve been listening to Turn the Beat Around on 100.8 Revival FM. I’m Ian Arbuckle and I’ll be back again next week same time.”  

Brooks Williams guests on The Gospel Blues Train

Brooks Williams guests on The Gospel Blues Train

This Friday, 31 March from 8.00pm, The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman features an exclusive interview with Statesboro, Georgia-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Brooks Williams. 

Over a quarter of a century, Brooks has clocked up in the region of 24 albums with his most recent releases ‘My Turn Now’ and ‘Brooks’ Blues’ seeing the light of day in 2016. 

Lins caught up with Brooks – now based in the UK – before a recent appearance at the Edinburgh Blues Club with fellow bluesman Guy Davis.

The Gospel Blues Train with Lins Honeyman, Friday 31 March at 8.00pm; repeated Saturday 1 April at 7.00pm and Tuesday 4 April at 10.00pm plus Catch Up anytime for up to 7 days after broadcast on 100.8 FM.