A pre-christmas tangle with the seasonal flu virus has pretty much halted any blogging and gig going over the last couple of weeks (although there was a weekend of delights to be reported on involving Andre Canniere at the BeBop and Andy Sheppard‘s valedictory show at the Hen Chicken just as the virus was revving up).
But enough of this self-pity. Something that’s put a smile on my face and aided recovery has been the rash of musicians/ bands posting live christmas performances on various platforms. Is it just me or is there suddenly more of it? I may just be paying more attention of course. Below are some gems I’ve found myself playing more than once ( in no particular order… and I’m sure there a plenty more out there – do post if you stop by and know of one you think I’d like.
With the technology to string these together, it will make a world beating soundtrack to the cooking/ eating/ general festivities. And you get multiple ‘In the Bleak Midwinter‘s (ItBMW)
London Vocal Project: Four (count ’em) Pete Churchill arrangements including ItBMW (1)
Jacob Collier (ItBMW (2) )
Iain Ballamy and Jason Rebello‘s annual get-together (includes ItBMW (3)
I confess this shades it as my favourite selection – some deadpan cheese, total class and that Ballamy sound on tenor… I just melt.
Joey Alexander… looking like a teenager who just got out of bed (.. cos he is) .. sounding like… this.