What! A LIVE event in Billericay! Wahey!

On Sunday 23 August 2020 singer/songwriter Rob Halligan will be performing his concept album, and book of the same name, ‘Psalm’ in the Rectory Garden, Billericay. Rob is no stranger to Billericay and this is sure to be a popular event – especially with limited numbers in place.

DOORS 15.00 / Support 16.00 / Rob 17.00 (two sets)

We’ll have Ben, Annabel and Beth playing a short set in support. Rob will play two sets and his second set will be a selection of his ‘Greatest Hits!’ and songs from his new album. You never know, he might be open to requests too!

The event is FREE but donations will be received for Global Care – a charity very close to Rob’s heart. Please book your place by clicking on the link below …


Rob writes about Psalm:

It’s an exploration of honesty in worship and includes and songs inspired by various Psalms and include celebration, lament, worship and thanksgiving.

You can read a 10/10 review of ‘Psalm’ on the Cross Rhythms website here

You can download a copy of the ‘Psalm’ Sheet here
Psalm – Rob Halligan (23 August 2020) – version 2

Numbers are limited to comply with COVID-19 guidelines (probably about 50) and everyone will be expected to social distance at 2.0 m. 

This is the best way to ensure everyone keeps their distance. It is up to individuals to choose whether or not to wear a mask.

About Rob Halligan

Rob is well known for using his music to raise awareness of small charities, working with some of the most vulnerable people, both at home and abroad, raising well over £30K in the process and this house gig is a charity fund-raising event.  All proceeds from this evening will be going, at Rob’s request, to Global Care and their Children at Risk project.

A professional musician for over 10 years, Coventry based Rob is an award winning singer/songwriter and has toured across the world, gaining a reputation as a passionate and engaging performer. Rob’s songs draw from his own experiences of life on the streets, of losing his father in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and of the people he’s met on his journey. His songs challenge politics, complacency and faith and are delivered with brutal honesty, rough spirituality and tested to be true.

Rob has released seven albums and has made his mark on the unsigned music scene as an award-winning singer/songwriter. The BBC once described Rob as:

Bruce Springsteen having English tea with Billy Bragg!

It’s a good comparison, however, I think Rob has more than a few shades of Jack Savoretti meets Ricky Ross!  No pressure Rob!

Rob’s Song Hold You Tonight was featured in my Best Songs Of 2017 and 2018 even though I only heard it for the first time when he played a House Gig here in November 2017.  It was an instant classic!  There’s no video or live version of this song, however, if you click on the picture below you can listen to the track on Rob’s soundcloud. Taken from the album ‘One Day’ recorded in, quite appropriately, one day!



HOW TO FIND US Billericay Rectory can be found on Laindon Road, CM12 9LD and is a 10 minute walk from Billericay station (25 mins from Liverpool Street). We are only 5 mins off the A127 and 10 mins off the A12.

PLEASE ENTER The Rectory Garden via the small gate to the left of the Rectory on Laindon Road, not by the gate next to the Community Garden / Car Park, as this will be locked!

PARKING You can park in Emmanuel church (next door) which is just a short walk from the Rectory. There is also parking on the High Street or in the car park behind Iceland.

SEATING No seating is provided. Please bring a blanket or a fold-up garden chair (and something warm to wear – just in case!!) Please note, because of limited space, no tables, gazebo’s or parasols are permitted.

FOOD & DRINK As with other outdoor events here at The Rectory, you are encouraged to bring along a picnic to enjoy – alcohol allowed! Please be sure to take all your litter home with you.

WEATHER In the event of inclement weather, this event will take place in Emmanuel.

PLEASE NOTE this is a listening event. Please read Shhh … there’s a band playing!

CONTACT revpacman@btinternet.com / @revPACman / facebook.com/revpacman1

Rob has produced a book entitled ‘Psalm’ and I was asked to write a few words about what the Psalms meant to me.  This is what I wrote …

Songs In The Key Of Life!

The Psalms are the words of men expressed to God as they responded to the many situations in which they found themselves.

The Psalms are not out of touch with the harsh realities of life, nor do they observe the world through rose-tinted spectacles. They reflect the reality of human experience – warts and all.

They contain: Lament and Praise; Thanksgiving and Wisdom; History and Prophecy; Victory and Defeat; Blessing and Curse; Law and Grace.

Psalms really are (with apologies to Stevie Wonder) ‘Songs in the key of life.’

Two of my favourite verses from the Psalms are Psalm 37:3-4.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Trust also in him and he will bring it to pass.

The enduring strength of the Psalms lies in the fact that succeeding generations speak them as their own prayers. When we read the Psalms with faith, they inform our intellect, arouse our emotions, direct our wills and stimulate our imaginations. We come away changed.

As Charles Spurgeon once wrote:

The Psalms are to be experienced rather than studied.