STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 154156-22670 LABEL: Independent 602547289599 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2015-09-07 RRP: £9.98
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Hats off to Bangor's finest that though they've succumbed to recording a Christmas album (available only through iTunes and their website) they've avoided the dread Santa songs which disappointingly clog up many a Christian artist's Yuletide offerings. Not that the material here is entirely incarnation-orientated. There's a surprising cover of Shakin' Stevens' "Merry Christmas Everyone" (which considering its source works surprisingly well re-cast by the Irish folksters) while their version of "Shining Light" shows what we all thought when we first heard it by Northern Ireland rockers Ash - that it's almost a gospel song anyway ("You lit a torch in the infinite/Yeah, you are a shining light"). Elsewhere you've got jolly renditions of "Joy To The World", "O Come All Ye Faithful" and, best of all, a romping rendition of "Ding Dong Merrily On High". All in all, a pretty good set to add some Celtic joy to your Christmas celebrations.
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Released in November 2014, top selling Irish worship band Rend Collective’s Christmas album, ‘Campfire Christmas Vol 1’ is an 11-song project that contains well known carols such as “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”, “Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee”, “Joy To The World” and covers of “Shining Light” (originally recorded by the band Ash) and “Merry Christmas Everyone” (first cut by Shakin’ Stevens).