Hamish and the gang are back – after 30 years away from the music scene!
In 1991 Hamish MacQueen, now the director of the East Anglian Diocesan Youth Service, founded a full-time Catholic rock band called Revelation, with the aim of sharing the Gospel message through music. They toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe. For a time, they were based in Hamish’s mum’s bungalow in North Walsham, and they played several gigs in East Anglia.
At the height of their success, they played a stadium in Germany and World Youth Day in Paris, before stopping touring full-time in 1998. In recent years they have rarely played together – but that’s changed now, after Hamish managed to get the band back together.
“We never officially split up and have stayed good friends,” said Hamish, “but we all moved onto different things and to different parts of the UK, so it just became impractical to play together very often.”
A few years ago, some of the band started meeting up occasionally and jamming together. This led to the recording of some new material and re-recording some older songs with different arrangements. With the advances in technology compared to 25 years ago they have also been able to contribute parts of songs and send them to each other without always meeting.
Then the lockdowns happened, and it meant the keyboard player, David Wood, was able to work on the songs to the extent that they now have a new album – the first in over 20 years.
“I guess there is something quite cringy about a band getting back together when they are much older, but then again, why not?” commented Hamish.
The question now is, will they tour again? “We’re talking about it,” said Hamish. “I think we’d all like to, but it’s so difficult to find a time when we are all free enough, and at the same time, for it to happen, but maybe one day.”
You can order copies of Revelation’s new CD Thank you Father and stream it for free at www.revelationband.co.uk
Pictured is the Revelation line-up as it was in 1995. From left to right, Ian O’Shea is now a guitar teacher; Lubosh Uchityl became a policeman; Hamish is Diocesan Youth Service Director in the Diocese of East Anglia; Claire Altamura (née Gunton and also originally from East Anglia) works at a Christian performing arts conservatoire in America; Andy Bunting works for the Sion Community for Evangelisation; David Wood works for his family business; and John Bain works with adults with learning disabilities.
Other members of the band include Sarah Darcy, who works with people with special needs; Carol Cade works with the Cor et Lumen Christi Community; Donna-Marie Povey is an educational welfare officer but also recently had an album in the Top Ten UK Classical Charts; and Andy Jaxa-Chamiec is a priest in the diocese of Westminster.
Picture: As they were in 1995. See story for line-up – and where they are now.