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Albion Christmas Band’s “One For The Road” is a festive treat

December 23, 2014

This is a guest post, written by my colleague and friend Nigel Stephenson.

imgresYou can almost hear the Yule logs crackling in the fire on the Albion Christmas Band’s fifth, and first live, festive album, “One For The Road”.

The band, a seasonal incarnation of electric folk pioneers The Albion Band, formed by bassist Ashley Hutchings, has been undertaking Christmas tours for 16 years.  “One For The Road”, recorded live last year at London’s King’s Place, is a spicy punch of carols, mainly winter-themed songs and readings.

The star on the Christmas tree, as it were, is the voice of Kelly While, on tracks including a delightful “The January Man” and a soulful rendition of the Tears for Fears 1982 hit “Mad World”.  The interplay between the guitar of Fairport Convention  founder Simon Nicol and While’s vocals on “Mad World” (and doesn’t that sum up the pre-Christmas rush?) is a highlight.

Another is a medley of “Sweet Chiming Bells” and “While Shepherds Watched”, to which it’s nigh-on impossible not to sing along.

 “One For The Road” made me kick myself for missing the 2014 tour, – but they do it every year, so Christmas 2015 it is.

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