Ever since winning the Vocal and Instrument Duet class in the Hull Music Festival, husband and wife, Rob and Squil, have felt a strong desire to work together as an acoustic duo. Their musical heritage is certainly varied, from Christian Rock bands such as Whitegold and Giants will Fall to appearances in the opera Carmen and various Gilbert and Sullivan productions. However, the most importance influence in the current Living Hope sound comes from Squils early days in Mediaeval Fete (pronounced feet!), a successful folk sextet. This interesting and eclectic mix fused with a strong Christian Faith produces a soothing, haunting sound with flashes of energy and vibrancy. Its a sound that feels at home in many environments and it is no surprise that you will find Living Hope in a variety of venues from churches to pubs and concert halls to coffee shops. The band are UK based and have played in various towns and cities up and down the country, however, in 2006 and 2010 Living Hopes music hopped across the pond when they undertook successful mini-tours to the USA. Their 2003 worship cd with Faith was re-released in 2006 to include the single Echoes and a new cd, "Chronicles", featuring a broader representation of Living Hopes music, is now available. Robin and Helen attend Hull Vineyard.
When we can. We'll play just about anywhere as our introduction demonstrates
Our influences are not so much what we listen to regularly, but more those artists and performers, both sacred and secular, that we grew up with, and that have had a conscious or subconscious effect on how we sing and play. This list is therefore incomplete, and will be updated as we are reminded of those that have left their mark on us in some way....
Squil - Duran Duran, The Beatles, Blondie, folk music in general.
Robin - Brian May, Tony Clarkin, The Housemartins, The Proclaimers, Steve Taylor, Dave Perkins, Dave Bilborough, Elvis Presley, The Shadows, U2, The Edge, REM, Barclay James Harvest, Pete Townshend, Paul Field, Albert King, Phil Keaggy, Rick Cua and of course, all the musicians I have played with over the years.
Beyerdynamic mics; Marshall and Orange Amps; Behringer desk; Hohner, Gibson, Godin, Aria and Ibanez guitars; various effects including Digitech Hardwire RV-7 reverb, Akai Headrush, DOD FX65 chorus.