A big thank you to everyone who came out to support me at the Viaduct in Hanwell on 22nd February. It was a lot of fun playing the new EP and some songs from the other releases. Thanks to Dave Mwaniki who played a great set of covers and originals. Thanks also to Abi (guitars, BV’s) and Johnny (percussion, BV’s) who played alongside me. Thanks to the Viaduct management for having us. Thanks also to the K180 team who made it all happen! Hope to announce some more opportunities to hear me live soon. In the meantime, here are some snaps from the Viaduct:
We’re delighted to announce that Gareth will be playing a local gig in West London later this month (Thursday 22nd February) as a ‘launch’ for the new EP, We Will See. Best of all, it’s a free event! Come and hear plenty of music – some new, some old. Doors are at 7:30pm. Dave Mwaniki (also known as the Covent Garden Singer) will be playing a set of originals and covers before Gareth. For more information, check out the Facebook event on Gareth’s page.
I’m delighted to announce the upcoming release of my brand new Christmas single! The song is called “I Will Seek You” and speaks of how Jesus is seeking each of us in the mundane and traiditonal Christmas tasks and celebrations – in the shopping and in the tinsel – even when we forget that He’s there! People have contributed to the song from the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, and the USA! It’s been mixed by Tim Gosden and mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering.
The single will be released on all digital retailers on Friday 4th December. If you like the teaser video – please share it on Facebook or Twitter and help spread the word ahead of the single’s release! Thanks so much for your support.
After playing “Revive Me” on his slot on BBC Radio Humberside on Sunday 25th January, Never for Nothing’s Geoff Howlett has published his review of “All The People”, which he called “a mighty fine album”, on the NFN e-newsletter – even making it his Album of the Month! Here is his verdict:
GARETH HIDES : All the People. (K180Music : K180CD 001)
Even after nearly 28 years in the CCM business, I’m still amazed by the terrific songs being written and produced by independent artists, like London based Gareth Hides. This is his first, full, album, and what a cracker it is! For those of you old enough to remember a band called The Electrics, the opening ‘Revive Me’ will bring back great memories. It’s a Celtic foot-tapper that is very pleasing to the ear, with an excellent chorus. ‘Faces on the People’ plods along nicely, but the indie pop anthem ‘Tonight’ is a real highlight. “Tonight’ was written to highlight our own mortality as humans, and that ‘we may not have tomorrow”, says Gareth. “It’s based on Luke 12:16-21 where Jesus says that “this very night your life will be demanded of you”. On ‘New Creation’ there’s great use of a simple guitar phrase, while on ‘Stumbling Block’, Gareth makes first-rate use of some violin and mandolin sounds. The invitation of taking the water of life, on ‘Will You Come?’ didn’t sound as joyous as I thought it should, but that shouldn’t take away anything from another, fine set of lyrics. I couldn’t stop smiling when I heard ‘Every Time You Go Away’. It reminds me so much of 1970’s Eurovision! That’s not a bad thing, Honestly! It’s bubble gum pop, with sing-along chorus that will be buzzing around your head for days. Gareth has an engaging voice, and his songs have real lyrical gravity. Add to that, some great production, and you have a mighty, fine release. 9/10.
Thanks Geoff! Check out his mention of the album on the BBC radio Humberside Sunday morning breakfast show HERE. It starts about 37:37 into the show… Enjoy listening!