New song – Jan Penberthy

I gave a new song its first public outing recently. As a change from the usual worship material, this was a story song about a Cornish miner who meets John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

There is a legend that Wesley was preaching in a tree at Beacon near Camborne in Cornwall when he was heckled. The crowd tried to stop the nuisance but Wesley is reputed to have said: “Let the knave go by.” Wesley’s Tree stood at Knave-go-Bye until relatively recently and my friend Helen lived there.

The song – called Jan Penberthy – is also a nod to my wife Joy’s maiden name. Her branch of the Penberthy family come from the beacon area.

The quality of the recording is a bit iffy and there’s a bum guitar twang at the end, but it will give you a flavour of the piece. You can find it here.


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