With Christmas just around the corner it’s time for an annual catch up of all this years Yuletide songs and videos. As varied as ever with everything covered with bands from around the world!
KRAKIN’ KELLYS – Holiday Season
One of my favourite bands and they love a Christmas song and deliver another great one for 2022. As catchy as hell and what about that accordion? Celtic Skate Punk, beer and bar fight !
DRUNKEN DOLLY – It’s Christmas (Ho Ho Ho)
Not heard much out the Dolly camp in recent years bur this short (very short!) Christmas Celtic-Punker reminds me exactly why I love them so much.
LOUIS RIVE – A Winters Tale
Scots singer-songwriter Louis Rive plays Folk music; not the kind about orcs, glens, wizards etc, more about people and places. Like Tom Waits and Judy Collins if either of them wrote about Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. Closer tae home he wants to follow on from top lyricists like Michael Marra, Liz Lochead, and Hamish Imlach.
MIGHTY PLOUGHBOYS – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas
Irish-American Celtic-Punk from Connecticut and bloomin’ good it is too. A bit sad but it’s not all tinsel is it. You can get a free download of the song by subscribing to their mailing list like I did.
THE CUNDEEZ – Xmas In The Schemes
Dundee’s The Cundeez got around to making a video for a song that originally featured on their 2012 album Murder On The Oary Express… and what a bloody great video it is!
TIM HOLEHOUSE – Christmas Times Blues
The ever prolific Tim Holehouse. Music for music’s sake with it’s roots in Delta Blues with his own personal twist on it. A friend of his from Winnipeg once told him – Creativity, Adventure and People.
FIVE LEAF CLOVER – Taste Of Beaujolais
Christmas, eggnog, jingle bells, snowflakes and… Beaujolais! Czech republicans Five Leaf Clover know that not everyone enjoys Christmas. For some, it’s just another sad evening and this song is for them.
JOHNNY HASH – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Belfast collective been a bit quiet this year but found time for a slow and Ska-ish cover of the John Lennon song that is usually quite apt at this time of year and sadly, most years.
PADDY’S PUNK – Irish Friends
German band Paddy’s Punk new release isn’t a Christmas song but as it came out only a few days ago it finds itself here. The piano gives it a festive air and it’s a lovely song too.
HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT – IT’s Cliched To Be Cynical At Christmas
We end this selection of this years songs with a song that is neither from this year or Celtic-Punk but sums up perfectly what we think of Christmas.
Christmas is a busy time for the Samaritans. Decorations go up across the country, but there will still be people feeling down. And the worst part? Many of those struggling to cope will do so with a smile on their face. Because that’s what we do at Christmas, right? We eat, drink and be merry?
Christmas can be tough for people. But the Samaritans will be there, ready to answer every call for help they can – putting in a shift even during the darkest hours of the night.
Whatever you’re going through, call us free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.
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