For two genres of music that have shared so much history, going back to the middle ages, the Christmas carol and the French chanson have diverged onto quite different paths in the
When was the last time a major recording artist, at the very top of their career, released an all-original Christmas album? Not a single, or an album of holiday favourites, but an
Creating Christmas music will almost universally mean an artist has to go outside their comfort zone.
One thing you’re often told about Christmas music is just how fake it is. How commercial. How plastic.
A young, talented country music singer – from an island where country was something you mostly heard on the radio – way outside her usual style.
One of the fantastic things about that golden period in the early sixties, when so many of history’s great Christmas records were released, is that so many truly sophisticate
Folk revivals have happened with some regularity during the 20th century. It is a style which tends to come back into fashion a lot.
Albums, we are reliably informed, are to be read as coherent wholes.
There are – which I’m sure surprises precisely none of you – a lot of artists past their prime who record Christmas music.
When was the last time you heard a Christmas album that was actually fun? I don’t mean funny, in the sense of being a humorous novelty or something awful that a more maliciou