Have You Heard? – (69) “Saint Saviour” by Astrid Williamson

I heard this song, this incredibly beautiful song, for the first time on Don Letts’ show on BBC 6 Music last Sunday night. I was immediately taken. I downloaded the album “We go to Dream”, which is excellent too, but it’s this song that rises above everything else. It’s so simple musically, but emotionally it hits the heights. It could be sung in church – it has that hymnal quality.

The video is a bit dull, but YouTube is generally accessible, so I thought that it was the best thing to attach.

Don Letts, if you don’t know, is the man who introduced the punks to reggae in the 1970s. His show on BBC 6 Music is a wonderful mix of reggae and other, mostly soulful, sounds. He plays at Latitude every year too. If you read my blogs on that, you’ll see how much he has made our festival.

But give Astrid Williamson’s album a go. If you like London Grammar, you’ll probably like this one too.


About John S

I'm blogging about the things I love: music, sport, culture, London, with some photos to illustrate aspects of our wonderful city. I’ve written a novel called “The Decision”, a futuristic political thriller, and first of a trilogy. I’m also the author of a book on music since the 1970s called “ I Was There - A Musical Journey” and a volume of poetry about youth, “Growin’ Up - Snapshots/ Fragments”. All available on Amazon and Kindle.
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3 Responses to Have You Heard? – (69) “Saint Saviour” by Astrid Williamson

  1. Anonymous says:

    Not quite my bag, but a really beautiful song. And you’re right about its hymn-like quality – it has the air of a very soulful and mellow gospel anthem. Very nice.

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