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The Gadsby Project

by Red Mountain Music

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Gadsby’s Hymns, published in several stages during the first half of the 19th century, is a collection of hymns from multiple writers containing songs dating back to the 17th century. Some of the 1,156 songs in this hymnal are familiar, but most of these great lyrics have simply been forgotten in the modern church. Our primary goal for this record is to reintroduce 14 of these great hymns so believers can incorporate them into public worship again. Interestingly, William Gadsby (the original compiler of the hymnal, a great preacher and hymn-writer) was against the use of instruments in public worship. This mindset aided in making many of the original tunes and melodies unknown for these hymns. There is a companion tune book for Gadsby’s Hymns, but it wasn’t published until 1927. It is very possible that these hymns have had multiple tunes and arrangements over the years. We like to believe that our small work on these hymns is a part of something much bigger, that we are simply another group of believers falling in line with generations who have gone before us, modernizing and singing these great hymns once again. The tunes that we have applied are our way of interpreting the text in our own time and place, and it is exciting to think that the tradition of putting hymns to new music is a tradition that has gone on for many generations. We hope that you love these hymns as much as we do and that you are able to sing them again in your church. One last thing: Go buy a copy of Gadsby’s Hymns. Then go buy a bunch more, and give them to all your friends. May this exceptional hymnal feed your soul the way it has fed ours.


released March 1, 2005

The Gadsby Project was recorded by Brian T. Murphy from August 2004 through January 2005 at Red Mountain Studios in Birmingham, Alabama.

Producers: Clint Wells and Brian T. Murphy
Mixing and Mastering, Director of Post Production: Paul Scodova
Project Management: Bradley N. Cordell
Art direction and layout by Whitebox Creative
Executive Producer: Brian T. Murphy

brian barrett: bass, acoustic guitar
jon becker: drums
chris copeland: bass
robbie cureton: bass
joseph digerness: upright bass, pedal steel
karl digerness: vocals
michael glaser: drums
rob heimburger: french horn
drew holcomb: vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
geoff irwin: bass
wendell kimbrough: acoustic guitar
jeff koonce: acoustic guitar
neil mason: drums
evan munger: vocals, tambourine
brian t. murphy: piano, harmonica
josh ramsey: vocals
paul scodova: vocals, tambourine
aaron shaffer: whistling
jared shull: bass, banjo
connie skellie: vocals, violin
stokes skellie: vocals
andrew spear: acoustic guitar
ashley spurling: vocals
matthew terrell: vocals
jon vogel: drums, percussion
adam walton: bgvs
clint wells: electric, acoustic, and scrape guitars
shane westerhold: drums
adam wright: vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin
beth young: vocals


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Red Mountain Music Birmingham, Alabama

Old Text - New Music
Ancient and Authentic

Our particular focus is arranging new music for all-but-forgotten hymn texts. We are excited to be a part of a hymn re-write movement that is resurrecting hymns for the global church.

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