What happens when you lose your words?
The years 2010 – 2012 were like a long dark hallway for Brian Doerksen, writer of modern worship classics like "Come Now is the Time to Worship" and "Refiner’s Fire." He was going through a dark night of the soul; a crisis of faith and belief. The words of the ancient Psalms were waiting as they have for millennia, and Brian along with close friends Brian Thiessen, Teresa Trask and Calum Rees decided to let the words of the Psalms be their words.
The songs of The SHIYR Poets (pronounced "Sheer" not "Shire") are the result. Words of sadness sung over minor chords, dark and at times dissonant. Words of anger admitted and expunged with forceful energy. Words of trust in the Ancient of Days sung with fragile tenderness and honesty.
The music of The SHIYR Poets is pure modern folk-rock; their settings of the Psalms layered with rich vocal harmonies and rhythms. And because they like living on the artistic edge and are fascinated by the ancient poets and songwriters, they've also created a few new songs based on song fragments discovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Together this group of life-long friends lead us on a journey through the terrain of human emotion expressing the deep spiritual longing within all of us. Together they help us find rest and refuge in the ancient rhythms of the Psalms.