Garth Hewitt/ Amos Trust

Garth Hewitt released his first album in 1973, following that with nearly 40 more albums up to Justice Like a River, an album of worship songs on justice released in 2012, and his latest album Liberty is Near!, a recently discovered collection of hymns from the Chartist Movement of the 1840s, which Garth set to music and released in 2013.

Touring tirelessly for 40 years Garth visits areas of poverty, conflict, deprivation, and disaster, prioritizing friendships with local people and bringing them encouragement, but always returning to Europe and the US with personal stories bringing to life media headlines, keeping individual’s stories at the forefront when newspapers have forgotten, and challenging the privileged to share, and to join the protest against injustice.

Founding the human rights charity Amos Trust in 1985, Garth worked for 26 years as its Director and now maintains a role with Amos as Founder.

Garth passionately believes that it is always time for people of all faiths to speak up and call for justice, reaffirming the dignity, rights and value of each human being made “in the image of God”. As part of this passion Garth has written eight books including two books of prayers based around Amos Trust’s international partners.  He is currently working on a book on justice for publication next year.

First and foremost a “troubadour”, Garth has performed in such diverse venues as Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee, rural village Gomathimuthupuram in Tamil Nadu, India, and Changi Prison in Singapore. %u2028

For 25 years Garth was one of the Directors/Board Members of the Greenbelt Festival. He played at the first festival and was key in shaping its thinking and direction; it was particularly through Garth's influence that it became an Arts Festival with a commitment to social justice.

He is an honorary Canon of St George's Cathedral, Jerusalem. In 2006 he was given special creditation by the House of Poets in Ramallah, West Bank for his “positive attitude towards the Palestinian people and their struggle towards freedom and justice”. He is a Patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and in 2007 was given an award by the British relief and development agency Interpal for his “longstanding commitment to the Palestinian people through both the relief and awareness work done by his charity, the Amos Trust, and also for his personal commitment through songs and telling the stories of ordinary Palestinians and their daily struggles”.

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