Growing up on Dylan and the old Christian folk troubadours, Strahan’s music is aptly described as ‘Folk Psalmery’. Vivid musings of poetic imagery describing the relationship between God and mankind, his modern day psalms have become local and international favourites. We managed to grab a couple minutes with Strahan to talk about finding inspiration in the poetry and metaphor of scripture, what goes on his summer mixtape and what about Festival One 2016 excites him the most.
1) Can you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I’m a father, a son, a musician and a story teller. I absolutely love creating but I’m more passionate about taking God up on every word of His promise for adventure and a life lived in his heart. My wife Katie and I have two boys and we travel the world together meeting amazing people, staying in their spare rooms and sharing the reality of God in bars, churches and festivals. I love coffee more than I should and I’m addicted to heading overseas to avoid New Zealand winters.
2) The word community tends to be a bit of a buzzword these days. If you were to strip it back what would you say it meant to you?
Community for me means loving one another and accepting one another’s weaknesses in love as we journey together toward a common hope. It doesn’t sacrifice love for truth but it understands that you can have no real love without truth. It’s satisfying and confronting and will ultimately be empty without Christ because it was made through Him, for Him and to be enjoyed in Him.
3) Where do you seek creative inspiration?
By the water be it a lake, a beach or a river. For me watching water is like drinking in rest and I always find God there. I also find inspiration from the poetry and metaphor of scripture and by imagining how God looked through the lens of it’s many varying characters.
4) What are your top three festival essentials for a killer campsite?
A resident coffee making legend to fuel the days (and nights), a crusty old banged up acoustic guitar to pass around when the on stage music finishes and a few of my best mates.
5) The ultimate summer mixtape – what’s on it?
Ray Lamontagne – How Come, You Are The Best Thing, Delta Spirit – 911, Cat Stevens – Where Do The Children Play, James Vincent Mcmorrow – We Don’t Eat, Josh Garrells – Bread & Wine, Ryan Adams – Oh My Sweet Carolina, Dirty Rain, Kindness, First Aid Kit – Master Pretender. I’d throw in some classics from Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan too but trying to just pick one of each was too hard.
6) What are you most looking forward to about playing at Festival One?
I’m as excited about just being there and hanging out with mates as I am playing but if I had to pick one thing I’m most excited about for the show it’d be the way the new songs from Feel The Night will communicate live. It’s going to be a lot of fun playing them.
You can find out more about Strahan and his music over on the here.