We’ve taken a slightly different approach to this edition of “celebrating community,” in that rather than a written response we’re offering audio from a conversation with our music coordinator, Larry Campbell. We also thought it would be fun to share Helen Lyons’ clay sculpture of Larry, as our featured image! Larry has been a part of saint benedict’s table from our earliest beginnings, serving as the coordinator and anchor for our music.
The first five minutes of the audio have Larry talking about his own story of faith, and then for the final couple of minutes he chats about some of the musicians and songwriters who speak to him. To hear the interview, simply click the arrow:
We’ve also decided it would be good to include Larry’s bio, from our website staff page:
Larry Campbell is a seasoned veteran of the Winnipeg music scene, both as a bass player and as a producer. In the 1970′s, during his last year at Providence College (then known as Winnipeg Bible College), he played with the band Brotherlove, and continued to travel the country with them for two years.
Along with his wife, Noelle, Larry moved on to work for two years as the youth director at Grant Memorial Baptist Church in Winnipeg, which was followed by a short (and predictably unsuccessful) stint in retail.
It was at this point that Larry began his career as a professional musician, which spanned some fifteen years and found him working in over forty bands. Well known and much appreciated for his bass playing and happy-go-lucky personality, he worked in bars and clubs in Winnipeg and traveled throughout Canada and the northern States. During this time Larry had a successful career as a producer of albums and jingles, winning a SAM Award for best radio campaign for Western Canada in 1983 and then as producer of the year at the MACA awards in 1986. Several local artists have recorded Larry’s songs, with some of them landing on the top of the charts across the country.
In 1992 Larry left the music business to work as a youth care worker, first at Youth For Christ in Winnipeg, and then at Marymound. He continued to contribute musically to Grain of Wheat Church Community, where he had served on the worship team through his musical career. In the mid ‘90s, Larry joined with old friends and fellow worship team members to form Unlikely Icon to offer their many original worship songs to the wider church through worship services and concerts. A self titled album was released at that time.
Several years ago, Larry was asked to participate as a music mentor in the birthing of the new community that became saint benedict’s table, and he’s been with us since. With the help of many incredibly gifted musicians, the worship at sbt is a rootsy mix of music with mostly original songs that reflect an authentic faith journey. Larry credits Gord Johnson as the influence that has most significantly shaped the direction of worship at the table.