Robin Mann - Australian Christian Music Artist
I write songs.
I was going to be a minister, a preacher. Maybe I had the wrong kind of name. Perhaps my brain, or my personality didn’t fit the bill. Anyway, I liked songs, playing the guitar, singing harmonies to the radio.
So writing Australian Christian Songs is what I do.
(I also support the Adelaide Crows football team, drive a grey Ford Territory, and own a lurid pink electric guitar. But I’m not especially known for these things. Well, maybe the guitar!)
Christian Church Music | Christian Songbooks
I write Australian Christian Songs, perform them, lead people in singing, put song collections together — of my own songs, and lots of other people’s too — record songs, and try to spread them around. Especially songs that Christians can sing together.
My songs have been sung by lots of people for a long time. Mostly by people in churches and church schools. I’ve written a host of songs for Christians to sing. More than a hundred of these have been published in various collections. The biggest number have appeared in the 7 All Together Songbooks produced between 1980 and 2014. (1-5 by Openbook Publishers, 6 & 7 self-published - business name, Curly Music) 8 are in the current Australian Hymnbook, Together In Song. A lot more have appeared in the songbooks of the biennial NCYC (National Christian Youth Convention).
Making Australian Christian Songs
Born and bred in southern Australia, I’ve lived in Adelaide most of my life. Making music is my main occupation but I’ve also been a schoolteacher (briefly) and worked for churches.
Since 1969 I’ve been married to Dorothy. We’ve got 3 adult children: Kristin, Jon & Thom, son-in-law Shane, grandson Owen, daughter-in-law Karen & step-grandson Oscar.
Dorothy’s a schoolteacher. Also a singer, musician, editor, critiquer and avid supporter of Robin’s song-making. Her voice has been ideal for leading singing and for many recordings. Her sparkling presence and great sense of humour complete many a picture.
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A Bloke Called Jesus
First the book, then the show, then the recording.
A cassette in 1989, now available as a CD. The original recording with vocals by Robin & Dorothy, Leigh Newton, Kathie Renner & Doug Petherick.
Excellent playing by Colin Schmidt on keyboards, young Thom Mann on drums (14 at the time), bass guitar, lead & harmonica from Doug Petherick, & leigh Newton on mandolin & tin whistle
Jesus is an ordinary bloke like the men who settled our country He lives in the Australian past, the Outback of the last century. He is a bloke like us, yet somehow different as he walks relentlessly to his death as an innocent victim. He visits shearing sheds, meets blacks at watering holes, attends tin kettlings, and droves through the mulga outback. Yet he also claims to come from God and to speak for God.
An ebook of the words & music will soon be ready too.