This morning in the UK there are gale force winds and the rain is practically horizontal. Not very Christmassy to say the least; I doubt Irving Berlin would have written “I’m dreaming of a windy Christmas”
So in an effort to raise my Christmas spirits I’ve turned to my advent calendar and my festive playlist. Over the years I have finely honed this so there are no nasty surprises only festive delights! However this morning it’s not my old
(come all ye) faithful tracks but three new ones that have raised my spirits. Wonderfully they are also my talented friends. So whether you are stuck at work, stuck in the rain or just feeling a little deflated; let me introduce you to these three talented individuals and get ready to feel festive!
“For a Romantic Christmas” Joanna Burke- Wintersong (Sarah McLachlan cover)
Festive Feel: Slow dancing with someone special in the dim light of a twinkling Christmas tree.
Joanna Burke is a talented Dublin based songwriter & vocalist with rich haunting vocals. She is currently working on new material which we cannot wait to hear! Jo posted this lovely cover of Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong and it’s simply beautiful!
“For a Movie Christmas” Vanessa James- Travelling home for Christmas
Festive Feel: “Home alone-like” dashing around in the snow to get home; then sitting besides a roaring fire with a warm cup of mulled wine. Or if you prefer…..
Vanessa James is an extremely talented London-based motion picture composer. In the past she has scored feature films, short films, documentaries and adverts, with film festival and cinema screenings world-wide, as well as regular broadcasts on major TV channels. There is no doubt she is a creative genius and we love this festive track! It’s like all my favourite Christmas movie soundtracks were blended together to create this happy tune!
“For a Heart-warming Christmas” Pip Mountjoy- The Holly and the Ivy
Festive Feel: Hugging your family and friends on Christmas morning and giving each other crinkle-wrapped sticky taped presents.
Pip Mountjoy is the sister of a good friend of mine and she has gone from strength to strength this year. Pip has a gorgeous voice brimming full of character and at only 19 years old the North Yorkshire based folk singer has already done an incredible amount! In 2012 she supported the likes of Roddy Woomble (Idlewild), Tom Williams & The Boat and Slow Club and has earned a big name fan in the shape of Ryan Adams who heaped praise on her style and voice. On top of this she also performed on the BBC Introducing Stage this year at Glastonbury and is currently supporting John Smith on tour. She is definitely one to watch; 2014 is going to be her year! Pip’s track is a folk cover of “The Holly and the Ivy” which is featured on the BBC Introducing Radio York Christmas album “12 Traditional Songs- In Aid of Radio York’s Good night Sleep Appeal” The album also contains beautiful tracks by Adam Chodan, Gavin Loughlin, The Buccaneers & BluesBeaten Redshaw. For a full track list click the above link.
To purchase this track for the miniscule amount of 0.79p click here for Christmas cheer!
Feeling any better? Good, I am glad! These are my gifts to you in 2013; these three wonderful musicians! Make sure you keep an eye on them in 2014. Merry Christmas!