"Question" were a
1970s Christian group/band which I heard about in 2020. In October 2020,
following an 'item' about the crossBeaTs on "Songs of Praise"
(BBC Television) that month, I received the following e-mail (edited -
italics) from Alistair Tandy, then living in London. Alistair had been
playing guitar in the band "Question" which
originated from Malvern, Worcestershire, in the 1970s, and had connections with
Holy Trinity ((later Malvern Priory). More details on the band (a 'pdf' file
from Alistair) can be found in this link
26 October 2020
I hope you won't mind getting a lengthy e-mail from
a total stranger. I very much enjoyed the "Crossbeats" feature on Songs of
Praise a few weeks ago. It took me right back to my musical roots!
was lead guitarist in a band called "Question", together with my three
brothers. We used to play Church services, concerts and coffee bars - mainly in
the Midlands and Surrey areas.
Like the Crossbeats - we were very much
of that era, when electric guitars and drums in Church, were often frowned on.
You wouldn't bat an eyelid at it nowadays. We were registered with MGO from
1970 to 1975.
Looking at the Crossbeats' guitar and amp line up - there
are no prizes for guessing the strong British Beat Boom influence. It was like
looking at our own band, in it's formative years. Being 2 Vox AC30's, a Selmer
treble and bass, a Hofner Violin bass, and a Hofner Verithin. Which was what
sparked me to contact you.
I checked back - we did play some
Crossbeats songs, including "Crazy Mixed Up Generation" - from Youth Praise
Two of my brothers were still (2020) playing
in Church Worship bands until COVID-19 lockdown - as I was (at Mitcham Lane
Baptist Church, London SW16.)
I am still a big fan of the Vox sound -
currently using an all-valve Vox AC10, or a baby Vox Pathfinder, just for
recording. I can't see myself using an amp as loud as the AC30 ever again. I
still live with the tinnitus I got from it! (edited)
letting me reminisce in this e-mail. I've done it, to hold out a hand of
Christian fellowship - to someone who might understand my nostalgia for this
part of my life.
I pray God's blessing on you and your family in these
strange COVID times.
Alistair (Tandy), London SW16
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