Local Gospel band 'Live Issue' L to R: Colin
Elliott and Roy Dreaning (back) and Sam Armstrong
and Sam Purdy (front).
Colin Elliott of local Gospel band 'Live Issue'
pictured with George Hamilton IV and other artists
at the Whitby Gospel Music Convention in Yorkshire
last May. L to R: George Hamilton IV, Colin Elliott
(Live Issue) and Wes Davis (Well known singer and
Worship Leader from London).
Local Gospel band 'Live Issue' will fly to the United States to
play a ten-day tour of Alabama and Nashville on Tuesday 14th to
Friday 24th August. Although this is mainly a concert tour of
churches, the band is booked to appear at the Midnight Jamboree
at the Grand O'le Opry and the Nashville Cowboy Church in
Opryland. Both of these appearances will be broadcast live on
WSM Radio and Television to 150 countries.
The USA tour follows on from a recent trip to England where they
played at the Whitby Pavilion Concert Hall in Yorkshire on
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May. The concert featured some of the
finest Gospel artists from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland
and the United States. Live Issue played a half hour slot during
each evening concert to a capacity audience in the 1000 seat
auditorium. On the Saturday afternoon, together with well-known
Country Gospel singer George Hamilton 1V, they performed their
musical adaptation of the life of Banbridge born poet, the late
Joseph Scriven who wrote the well-known hymn 'What A Friend We
Have in Jesus'. Also in March this year they also performed this
musical adaptation with George Hamilton IV at the Lisburn Church
of the Nazarene, Newmills, Waringstown and Lurgan.
The Joseph Scriven programme by George Hamilton IV and Live
Issue was recorded live in Banbridge last year and recently
released on CD. The album was produced by Colin Elliott and Sam
Purdy from Lisburn. One of the songs from the album entitled
'Someday My Ship Will Sail' is currently sitting at No. 3 in the
NCM European Christian and Country charts which is quite an
In preparation for the tour to the United States, Live Issue
have also just released a new album of their own entitled 'We
Will Meet Again'. The album is already selling extremely well
and has received some excellent reviews in the Christian Music
For more details visit the band's website at