Former guitarist gives up music to join Clevedon church

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 July 2017

New curate at All Saints, Clevedon, Rev. Martin Little.

New curate at All Saints, Clevedon, Rev. Martin Little.

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A former indie band member has swapped his guitar for robes after being ordained into the Church of England.

Martin Little playing guitar in Indafusion.Martin Little playing guitar in Indafusion.

Reverend Martin Little, part of the East Clevedon United Benefice, was a guitarist in Scottish band Indafusion, playing at events around the world including T In The Park.

They went on to release three albums before playing a final gig at the Cornerstone Festival in Illinois in the United States.

But he began ordination training after becoming a Christian while in the band, taking up roles as a youth worker in Edinburgh and as a worship pastor in Bath.

Rev Little has now headed to Clevedon to begin his new life after being ordained by the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

Martin Little at the ceremony at Wells Cathedral.Martin Little at the ceremony at Wells Cathedral.

Although he admits he misses being a musician, Rev Little is looking forward to his time in Clevedon.

He said: “I miss the guitar solos, but God had other plans for my life.

“It was all very grass roots.We didn’t play to large numbers of people, and probably sold even fewer records, but they were special times for the lucky few who got it.

“I’m proud of the work we achieved.

“I’ve been studying for two years, and now I’m ordained I can begin my curacy in East Clevedon Benefice.

“If we hadn’t uprooted as a family from Edinburgh and followed God’s call, I don’t think I would have ever got round to training for ordination.

“I sometimes reflect on all of the things that had to have happened for me to be where I am today.

“I live my life forwards, but it’s only by looking backwards that it all makes sense.

“At the time, you have to trust that God is there in the decisions you make.”

Rev Little will continue to train for priesthood during his time in Clevedon, and hopes to eventually be ordained as a priest.

This year, the Diocese of Bath and Wells ordained 12 people as priests and 11 as deacons during a ceremony at Wells Cathedral.

The East Clevedon United Benefice is made up of All Saints’, St Mary’s, St Paul’s, and St Peter and Paul’s churches.


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