An Alternative Christmas Playlist
Seasonal songs by lesser-known artists
As engageworship.org we're always on the lookout for grassroots creativity for worship, so we thought we'd extend this to our Christmas listening. Here are six songs we found on Bandcamp/Soundcloud by smaller artists you might not heard of. And we'd like to hear your suggestions too!
1. A Light Has Dawned - Belfrey Music
Loving this from York UK based Belfrey Music - an original Christmas song, beautifully recorded.
2. Come Light Our Hearts - Rain for Roots
This seems like a really interesting project - rootsy devotional songs aimed at kids. There is a whole album of Advent songs, or check out their website.
3. O Come - David Simmons
I'm a sucker for versions of this carol, and David Simmon's gospel accapella version hits the spot.
4. Joy to the World - Red Mountain Music
An album of lovingly interpreted carols. This Joy to the World is a good intro but you should listen to the whole record.
5. In A Byre Near Bethlehem - Zac Hicks
This raucous version of the Iona hymn, resplendent with male voice choir and what sounds like a very friendly pub in the background, brings a huge smile to my face!
6. The Holly and the Ivy - Gemma White
Our buddy Gemma has just posted a version of O Come Emmanuel, but as I already had a version of that, I had to go for this great collaboration with Amy Jane Wilson (harp) and Bethanna Richardson (vox).
So what have we missed? Post other suggestions below, with links to YouTube vids, Spotify, Bandcamp etc. Merry Christmas!