Folk music fans can start their Christmas celebrations early with the help of the Albion Christmas Band when the band hits the road for its annual tour on Saturday 9 December.
The band’s annual foray into the musical joys of the winter festival has been described by many as the perfect start to Christmas. This popular show will start in Birmingham then visit fourteen venues around the country before finishing at Bury St Edmunds just a few days before Christmas itself. The show features a mixture of seasonal carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance, enhanced by great musicianship and a wicked sense of humour. The band adds a modern twist to its arrangements of traditional tunes and showcases some newly written songs. The show reminds audiences of the simpler pleasures and values of a traditional Christmas and offers them a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of festive preparations.
This year the four band members will share their personal favourites from their extensive back catalogue that to each of them best signify the meaning of Christmas, as well as songs from their latest album ‘Magic Touch’. “We’ve spent many years spreading our take on Christmas around the country and have made so many friends on our travels” Simon Nicol explains. “Every night on the tour feels like a family celebration so we get to enjoy Christmas for the whole of December not just one or two days”.
The Albion Christmas Band has been kicking off the Christmas season for nearly twenty years, but it was the last incarnation of the Albion Band that originally created special seasonal shows. From an initial idea by melodeon player Simon Care, a previous Albion band member himself, the Albion Band founder Ashley ‘The Guv’nor’ Hutchings brought together two other previous Albion Band members to create an autonomous band to present a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. Joining Care and Hutchings are Simon Nicol (founder member of Fairport Convention) on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Kellie While (Albion Band), acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion.
09-Dec, Mac Arts Birmingham 0121 4463 232
10-Dec, Beehive Arts Honiton 01404 384050
11-Dec, Village Hall Ebbesbourne Wake
12-Dec, Victoria Hall Settle 01729 825718
13-Dec, Irish Centre Leeds 01977 792205
14-Dec, New Vic Newcastle Under Lyme 01782 717962
15-Dec, The Met Bury 0161 761 2216
16-Dec, The Atkinson Southport 01704 533333
17-Dec, Folk Club Hitchin 01462 812391
18-Dec, Hanger Farm Southampton 02380 667683
19-Dec, Gulbenkian Canterbury 01227 769075
20-Dec, The Stables Milton Keynes` 01908 280800
21-Dec, Norden Farm Maidenhead 01628 788997
22-Dec, Kings Place London 0207 520 1490
23-Dec, The Apex Bury St Edmunds 01284 758000
Full tour details can be found online at http://www.albionchristmas.co.uk