Maranatha (Shalom SHA 011) 1975 UK *
Looking at the cover photo of three guys and two girls in a boat, you’ll a notice a young Andy McCarroll in there. Maranatha is another quality band in the ever-growing list of obscure British Christian folk artists. Although Andy co-leads the group and wrote most of the songs, there aren’t many similarities to Andy’s solo lps (and certainly none to his later new wave group Moral Support). Instead, Maranatha echoes the simple charm and enthusiasm of male/female UK folk outﬁts like Carpenter’s Apprentice, Exordium and Reality Folk. They’d have been a perfect candidate for the Proﬁle label’s This Side Of The River compilation, as their music has much of the same feel. Basic acoustic format with catchy melodies and sincere harmonies, spruced up with occasional harmonica, lead guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, piano and kazoo. A number of ﬁrst-rate tracks, particularly ‘Love Today’, ‘Is There Room For Him There’, ‘Lost’, ‘Was It All In Vain’ and ‘The Grace’. Small label out of Northern Ireland. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Saved By Grace|
|1-3||Secret Of Life|
|1-5||Is There room For Him There|
|2-1||The Lord Is Good|
|2-4||Was It All In Vain|