A Joyful Sound


More than 400 people packed the floor of the Berry College Chapel Thursday to see the folk-influenced Christian band Rend Collective.

The evening was filled with loud music, flashy lights, bubbles, worship, and enough jumping to make the ground shake. The band, originally hailing from the small coastal town of Bangor in Northern Ireland, call themselves a group of confused 20-somethings trying to figure out faith, life, God and community.

The band, on tour performing their fourth and latest CD “The Art of Celebration” focuses on being joyful in all that you do. Band member Gareth Gilkeson has said, “Happiness is an emotion, a superficial response to pleasant circumstances, but joy is deeper.”

The band uses a variety of instruments in their performance including an accordion, a banjo, a ukulele, a cello, a jingling Johnny and other handmade oddities they call instruments.

“It was a truly incredible worship experience and I’m really happy that Berry was able to get them to come,” said sophomore Kelsey McAnnally.

The concert was presented by the Berry Chaplain’s Office.

Story by Student Public Relations Assistant Elizabeth Bradford and photos by Student Photographer Lauren Neumann