It will soon be December so Christmas is fast approaching, ok so most of the shops started in September but we’ll gloss over that. It does appear that a lots of musicians like this time of year and are finding that a seasonal themed tour is a good idea. Chris While, Julie Mathews, David Hughes and Chris Leslie of St Agnes Fountain have been doing this for some years around the folk club circuit, and very successfully, there shows nearly always sell out months in advance. As can be seen from the post bellow Bella Hardy has had a stab at it as has folk favourite Kate Rusby.
Last year was a surprise addition to the fold in the form of Thea Gilmore with her CD Strange Communion. Now I would not normally purchase a Christmas CD, they don’t normally stay in the player for more than a few weeks and after December 25th that’s it, back in the case until next year. Still I’ve always liked Thea’s music and her return to The Stables in Wavendon was much-anticipated. The show covering most if not all of the Strange Communion CD as well as a few of her old favourites. They even made time for a random Christmas tune at the end, using a makeshift dart board, with 10 songs on it, for which a member of the audience was handed a magnetic dart to make the selection. Well all I can say is, that show was probably one of my favourites events of the year, so much so I even ventured down to Stratford-upon-Avon a few days later to experience it all again.
As for the CD, this has to be one of the best seasonal collection going, most of which were original songs written by Thea with the exception of Yoko Ono’s song Listen the Snow is falling and Elvis Costello and The Chieftains Paddy Moloney song, St Stephens Day Murders with vocals from BBC Radio’s Mark Radcliffe Also check out the distinctly “poppy” That’ll be Christmas and the sublime December in New York. Let’s be honest there isn’t a bad track on this album and not only did I start playing this during November it will be going through until the New Year too, so get it.
So seeing that Thea Gilmore will be back at The Stables with her Wintertide tour on Tuesday 7th December at 8pm I hope the seasonal weather holds out and this still goes ahead. So if there are tickets still available make sure you get them or check her website or Myspace for some more sample songs and to see if she’s playing near you.
Wed Dec 01 Half Moon Putney, London, - Tue Dec 07 The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, - Thu Dec 09 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, - Sat Dec 11 The Arches, Glasgow, - Mon Dec 13 Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton, – Tue Dec 14 Telford’s Warehouse, Chester, - Fri Dec 17 The Sage, Gateshead, - Sun Dec 19 The Tower, Winchester, Hampshire