“A Saturday Night Collaboration” – live from the Railway Carriage Studio – with international guests and Michael Ots

On Saturday 9th May at 8:15pm, UK time, join a “collaboration” in the Railway Carriage Studio! 

I’m excited to welcome brilliant saxophonist Nick Beston (London) and Ukrainian violinist, Marina Gnatyshyna (Kiev) for this collaboration. Dewi Jones (Welsh National Theatre) will be engineering…

Tonight, Michael Ots will speak during the interval – a lot of us would travel to the next country to hear him but he’ll be right here “in” the Railway Carriage too.

The whole event runs from 8:15pm to 9:15pm… 

Hope you can join us all!


After the Railway Carriage Session…

Thank you for being a part of tonight – it was good to share this with you!

It would be great to keep the conversation going!


UK: Pop any feedback you want to in the form at the bottom of the page. If you include your mailing address, we’ll post a couple of books to you – Mark’s eyewitness account of Jesus’ life (Mark’s Gospel) – and the newly published “Where is God in a Coronavirus World?” by John Lennox.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: click here to email Lilja who will get in touch to chat more.

Serbia: Click here to contact Samuilo or Marijana, or head to their FaceBook page here. They have a Serbian translation of John Lennox’ new book and would post this to you with a Serbian Mark’s Gospel.

Listen to Michael Ots speaking about spiritual themes arising from the current crisis by clicking here. (I’m also singing at this event.)

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Keeping in touch…

Live from the “Railway Carriage Studio”

You’re Invited! On this Saturday 25th April, 8pm UK time, I’m planning to share some stories and songs for an hour – live on Facebook and through YouTube Live.

You’re welcome to join me! I’ll be in the little “Railway Carriage Studio” that I’ve been using for other streamed events.

I’d love it if you can come! It might be a good event to invite friends to as well… it’ll feel like one of those evenings that we’ve sat outside in a cafe together – or on some beautiful Balkan mountainside – and swapped songs!

See you at 8pm Saturday if you can! 



Find Rest

Psalm 62

Find rest,
O my soul,
in God

My salvation
and my honour
on Him.

You alone are my rock;
You alone my salvation.
You are my fortress:
I shall not be shaken.

He’s my refuge:
He’s my mighty rock.
I trust
in Him.

You alone are my rock;
You alone my salvation.
You are my fortress:
I shall not be shaken.

God has spoken
and I have heard:
that You O God are strong,
that You O God are loving.

You alone are my rock;
You alone my salvation.
You are my fortress:
I shall not be shaken.

“Rest for your Soul” the story behind the song released in a booklet…

Tonight we’ve received from the printers the booklets, “Rest for your Soul” – the booklet contains the story shared online here: https://turquoisetracks.com/videos/rest/

I plan to give these away this Easter time with the intention of triggering conversations around these biggest themes! If you’d like some, let me know!

In the days of CDs and records, I loved the photography and artwork. These little booklets (this is the fourth I’ve done like this) give an outlet for that old idea… and give the opportunity to share the story behind the song.

Here’s a mockup of the printed design:

Rest for your Soul

I’ve just finished “Rest for your Soul”. Dewi Jones has done a brilliant job of arranging, programming plus playing bass and keys while another friend, Danijel Petkovski plays his legendary harmonica!

Josie Evans and James Callaghan helped record this video near Tower Bridge.

See below for the story behind the song…

“Rest for your Soul” – a story behind the song.

I’m walking by a lake and my friend is talking about “truth”. Is there such a thing in cultures so jaded by propaganda and fake news? Perhaps we’re just searching for whatever particular “truth” makes us happy – lives separated by firewalls of incompatible belief systems. She gazes across the water to a hazy horizon.

But what if we were to drill down to the bedrock of everything, we ask as we walk again, what would be there? Or who? As finite, limited creatures, perhaps we just don’t have the conceptual tools to get there – we’re just left with a restless and unresolved longing – “a splinter in our souls.”

Maybe the only solution to our search, we say, would be if One from “the outside” stooped to our level to reveal the heart of everything to us.

Hundreds of years earlier, a man is walking by this same lake. He’s surrounded by those who think themselves cultured, as well as common, the contemptuous as well as the curious,

“I have come down… not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”

Jesus was presenting himself as though he had come from the outside: revealing truth to humanity. Anyone could of course make such “God-claims” but Jesus backed them up with extraordinary words and actions; healings, exorcisms, an unnatural authority over nature…

Eventually Jesus was executed for blasphemy: a man who claimed to be God. His body was put into a rich man’s tomb and guarded by a crack unit of troops.

But on the third day, Jesus’ body had disappeared and the tough soldiers were left terrified. Shortly afterwards, an increasing number of witnesses claimed that they had seen him alive. His body was never recovered and those witnesses – hundreds of them – went on to risk and lay down their lives for the message that Jesus really had risen from the dead.

We walked and wondered, had Jesus been a unique messenger come to reveal the heart of truth to us?

It was after that conversation by Galilee, that I started writing this song – it began as a prayer for my walking companion. It speaks of longing for a connection with truth, the transcendent…

This is one of those songs that has been a long time in the honing: brewed for a couple of years, then completed in a flurry, ready in time for an important event.

That event was a dear friend’s funeral where I sang this song to those gathered. Michael Green had spent his life delighted and captivated by the news that Jesus is the heart of truth, the conqueror of death and the soon-to-return king. Michael was a historian of the first century, linguist, gifted writer and public speaker. He would sometimes ask me to write songs to illustrate his talks and had asked me to write new, “invitation songs”. This was one of them. Just a few hours before he died, we spoke. Michael seemed to have no fear of death – just an eager expectation of meeting with the risen Jesus.

Michael once explained,

“Christianity is a historical religion. It claims that God has taken the risk of involving himself in human history, and the facts are there for you to examine with the utmost rigour. They will stand any amount of critical examination.

“Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one among many tenants of belief. Without… the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all. The Christian church would never have begun, the Jesus-movement would have fizzled out like a damp squib with his execution… Christianity stands or falls with the truth of the resurrection.”

“I am… the truth,” Jesus once said. Could it be that an authentic seeking after truth brings a person face to face with Jesus? Could it be that he is the one we seek? Or as Jesus once called out,

“Come to me… and you will find rest for your souls!”

I hope you enjoy this song – and that it would perhaps be a catalyst for you to search out the person of Jesus. The ideal place to start is in the accounts of his life recorded in the New Testament.

All the best! – Andy

Prince of Peace


Released on 25th December 2018, “Prince of Peace…”

Andy Mayo: lyrics, music, guitars and vocals

Dewi Jones: production, keys, bass, programming, arrangement, mixing and mastering

Nick Beston: sax

Video Production: GodOnaTrain.com