01 August 2015

Leading the music for the Anglican Youth Pilgrimage to Walsingham has been and annual highlight in our music ministry diary for about 15 years (we’ve literally lost count!)

ABBA Father - Alternative ABBA Lyrics

The liturgies are creative and joyful, prayerful and beautiful. And loud. It’s one of the few engagements where we wield the decibel enhancing power of a full six-piece band being pumped through a mighty PA stack! (Definitely not recommended for your average parish gathering.)

In recent years the pilgrimage themes have called for a different kind of musical creativity. In 2013, for “00Heaven” we reworked the words for several well-known James Bond movie themes. In 2014 for “Lord of All Time” – we found ourselves playing the Dr Who theme.

This year we explored the Lord’s Prayer under the theme “ABBA Father”. And yes, we tinkered with the lyrics of a few well-known ABBA songs.

Obviously, for copyright reasons we can’t supply full recordings of our very unofficial reworkings of these songs. But if you’d like to give them a try in your own setting you can access the lyrics and chords via the links below.


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07 July 2015

A collaborative of Catholic primary and secondary schools have set out, in faith, to organise a ‘Celebration of Faith’ on Monday 13th July 2015 at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

joy-of-the-lord-symphony-hall

Following on from “I Believe” the wonderful event in 2013 which marked the Year of Faith (see video below), this year’s event is themed “The Joy of the Lord“,  inspired by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Continue Reading…

04 July 2015

Thanks to the wonders of time travel (aka. digital communications technology) Jo Boyce will be a special guest on eight BBC local radio programmes this Sunday, 5th July between 7:00am and 9:00am.

Jo will be talking about her newly released début solo EP - In God Alone - sharing the stories behind the songs and the experience of getting into the recording studio for the first time since the death of her long-time singing and song-writing partner, Mike Stanley. Continue Reading…

28 May 2015

After almost 20 years as one half of the Boyce & Stanley singing, song-writing music ministry duo, Jo Boyce finds herself in the recording studio working on a début solo project.

In God Alone - Launch Concert  Jo Boyce and Friends

 

Since Mike Stanley’s death in 2013, we’ve focussed on the wonderful songs he wrote and recorded during his two and a half years undergoing treatment for bowel cancer. It was a way to keep his music and his legacy alive,  Continue Reading…

29 April 2015

On Saturday 25th April, Nepal was hit by a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on. At least 4,000 people have been killed, and more than 8 million affected.  We lift our hearts and voices in solidarity and prayer for the people of Nepal.

 

For all those killed and injured;
For those who have lost homes and loved ones;
For everyone involved in the rescue and recovery efforts in the weeks and months to come;
May God give you strength, hope, comfort and Grace.
#WepraytotheLord
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15 March 2015

Jo Boyce and our talented Collective of musicians and friends joined BBC Songs of Praise again this month to explore the story of Vietnamese Priest, Fr Michael Ho, local parish priest of Holy Trinity in Sutton Coldfield.

 

Fr Michael was one of the original boat people who fled Vietnam 35 years ago during the Vietnam War. The moving feature explored the perilous journey to freedom of him and 76 others as they floated adrift in the South China sea for 17 days without food or water. Continue Reading…

Jo Boyce and the CJM MUSIC Collective with the choir and congregation of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Sutton Coldfield.  Broadcast on BBC Songs of Praise on Sunday 8th March 2015.

This arrangement was adapted from the version on the Boyce & Stanley album Age to Age II – The Journey Continues (also available on iTunes)

 

02 March 2015

When Jo Boyce and Mike Stanley met more than twenty years ago, Mike was a member of the popular Birmingham-based Irish folk band, Drowsy Maggie. A few years later he went on to form his own Irish band called Shenanigans, alongside his wife, Yvonne.

Celebrating a legacy

As our CJM music ministry diary got busier and took us further and further afield, the responsibilities of also having a young family, meant Mike was seen less frequently of the Irish gig circuit. But the folk music scene remained close to his heart and had a powerful influence on his liturgical song-writing (and his ability to play as many instruments as he could get his hands on). Continue Reading…

19 February 2015

Each season in the liturgical calendar has a selection of Common Psalms and/or Common Response(s). 
They idea is that they can be used in place of the given psalm for any Sunday or weekday during that season.

3 Common Psalms for Lent

The three psalms below are the Common Psalms for Lent.  The text of these psalm really captures the essence of the season, and they are a great place to start for any community Continue Reading…