Peter Kearney | The Year of God's Favour?

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The Year of God's Favour?

by Peter Kearney

Australia: the land, its people, history and spirituality are the themes of this folk-style album, with special concern for the suffering of Aboriginal people. Includes two prizewinning songs, 'The Deaths Go On' and 'Start From Where You Are'.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rock of Ages (Uluru)
4:18 $1.70
2. The Year of God's Favour
3:52 $1.70
3. Hope for the Tree
3:26 $1.70
4. Living in This Country
4:04 $1.70
5. The Deaths Go On
3:17 $1.70
6. When the Morning Comes Again (feat. Helen Archer)
3:06 $1.70
7. Bill
3:32 $1.70
8. Advertising Man
3:19 $1.70
9. Letter from Risdon Prison (feat. Claire Parkhill)
5:00 $1.70
10. Start from Where You Are
3:25 $1.70
11. The Promised Land
5:18 $1.70
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
WORDS AND MUSIC of all songs by Peter Kearney. 'Bill' is Peter's musical setting of words by Australia poet, Henry Lawson.
Lyrics, melodies and chords are on The Year of God's Favour? CD-Rom available through Peter Kearney.

"Australia: the land, its people, history and spirituality are the themes of this album. There is a special concern for the suffering of Aboriginal people. The album includes two prizewinning songs, 'The Deaths Go On' and 'Start From Where You Are'. With other albums featuring a Gospel based concern for social-justice, with songs of celebration and hope, the songs of Peter Kearney are not to be missed." (Southern Cross Magazine)

01. ROCK OF AGES/ULURU: Symbols of hope and reconciliation for Australia
02. THE YEAR OF GOD'S FAVOUR: from Isaiah 61 : 1-2. Singing with Peter - Helen Archer. Violin - Nic Lyon.
03. HOPE FOR THE TREE: Based on address by Pope John Paul II to a gathering of Aboriginal people at Alice Springs. The 'Tree' image is from the Old Testament. Fiddle - Lindsay Martin.
04. LIVING IN THIS COUNTRY: "Living in this country is like living with two souls: one is new and shiny, the other deep and old...". Alto-saxophone - Lito Hernandez.
05. THE DEATHS GO ON: On Aboriginal deaths in custody. This song was awarded the Declan Affley Memorial Award for the best new song at the Australian National Folk Festival, 1988.
06. WHEN THE MORNING COMES AGAIN: Lullaby of despair and hope sung by Helen Archer. Fiddle - Lindsay Martin.
07. BILL: - an Australian 'Christ-figure'? Peter's musical setting of a poem by Henry Lawson
08. ADVERTISING MAN: A scathing look at the advertising industry and consumerism. Alto-saxophone - Lito Hernandez.
09. LETTER FROM RISDON PRISON: Sung by Claire Parkhill. Based on Karin Donaldson's reflection on the sacredness of the natural world, from a letter written while she was in Risdon Prison Hobart after being arrested during the blockades to save the Franklin River.
10. START FROM WHERE YOU ARE: A song of hope and encouragement.
11. THE PROMISED LAND: A prayer in the context of Australian history

RECORDED 1988, HAV Studio, Bunadoon, NSW. Engineer - Graeme Armitt.
Produced and arranged by Peter Kearney
RE-MASTERED by Peter Kearney in 2017

Peter Kearney - lead vocals, guitars, mandolin, melodion, percussion
Helen Archer - lead and backing vocals
Claire Parkhill - - lead and backing vocals
Nic Lyon - electric and acoustic bass, violin on track 2.
Lindsay Martin - fiddle
Louise Gore- backing vocals
Lito Hernandez - alto saxophone

Aboriginal woman Pattie Newman "a Koori woman, a woman of knowledge". (WJ Dixon). Photograph by Marie Grunke.

The Year of God's Favour? refers to the Old Testament tradition of the Jubilee Year, a special year which was intended to restore balance to society. The vision of the Jubilee year set out for the community an ideal of justice and social equality. Land was to be returned to its original owners. People in bondage, whether through debt or exploitation by others were to be set free. (See Leviticus 25: 8-17; 29-31). This was the tradition Jesus had in mind when at the start of his public life, he read the passage from Isaiah: "I come to bring good news to the poor, liberty to the captives.. to proclaim the year of God's favour.." (See Isaiah 61: 1-2 and Luke 4: 16-22). The songs in this collection look at Australian society and history in the light of this ancient justice tradition.

This album was produced in the Australia's 'bi-centennial' year of 1988, marking two hundred years of white settlement. It was a year that brought the suffering of Australia's indigenous people into sharp focus.

Peter Kearney is a religious folk-artist. His down-tempo, quiet style penetrates the barrier of indifference far more effectively than the hard-sell approach some conservation and church groups adopt." (Col Johnson, Magazine Review)

"Musically, Peter is easily labelled a 'folkie'. Acoustic guitar and other acoustic instruments form the basis from which Peter sings. But lyrically, Peter is vastly different. Most folk-style performers seem to be political out of trendiness, with loud protestations about how they have been hurt or the system of Government etc. Peter on this Album has been able to express hurt in a more personal way with the politics on a personal level. The lyrics are honest instead of patronising and intimate instead of arm's length. All of this goes a long way to making me, and hopefully others, somewhat uncomfortable. Out of Peter's concerns he asks, what are our attitudes to Aborigines, the land, advertising.. as Australians, as white and middle class, as Christians. Not to feel guilty or accused, but to consider how Christ would react and act. No this isn't what most people would call Contemporary Christian Music. This is the reality of those around us.
I can't recommend this album enough."
(Jim Baker, Manna Music)



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