Christmas, Light and Dark

An assortment of Christmas songs I have recently listened to and enjoyed. Some light, some heavy, all festive.

The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl, Fairytale of New York – In honor of its 25th birthday this week, and because it is a holiday song I listen to year ’round.
 

 
August Burns Red, Carol of the Bells- There’s very little I like better than heavy metal Christmas carols. Unless it’s hardcore Christmas carols where the band gives the drummer free reign. This is my #1 favorite rendition of this song. It’s heavy and orchestral and amazing.
 

 
Six Shooter, Carol of the Bells – Be sure to watch this one before you hit the egg-nog. I’m not sure I would have filmed it quite the same way, but I’ll forgive a lot because there are heavily tattooed dudes in black Santa hats shredding, and Santa himself sitting in with the band.
 

 
The Lost Brothers with Bill Ryder-Jones, St. Christopher – This one is both dark and light, sweet and melancholy at the same time. It’s available for sale on The Lost Brothers website, and proceeds will go to the Peter McVerry Trust, which supports the young homeless in Dublin.
 

 
Picardy III, O Holy Night, from Rainboot Christmas: Volume Two – Also in the category of “both dark and light”, Picardy III’s version of one of my favorite carols is a highlight of Rainboot’s second annual Christmas compilation record. Proceeds from the sale of this song/the record will go to Save the Children.
 

 
The Candle Thieves, When Santa Clause Comes To Town – And now, for some light. This is a bouncy little tune, excellent for trimming the tree or shoveling snow or drinking alcoholic hot chocolate and having a Kitchen Dance Party.
 

 

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