For Folk's Sake - It's Christmas 2013

by Dan Clay Rating:8 Release Date:2013-12-01

At a time when albums come as either glossy greatest hits or interpretations of classic Christmas hits, this interesting folk collection springs from the latter and manages to throw some surprising gems to make you feel very merry indeed. 

So, in between the sparse ‘Coventry Carol’ by Inti Rowland and near acapella ‘Joy to the World’ from Alessi’s Ark, we’re treated to the tinkling ‘Coldest Night’, the doo-wop of ‘Coming Home’ and the fuzzy oddness of closing track ‘Time Frog 4000’ by Emperor Yes.

The Pollyana Band manage to deliver something beautifully cosy with ‘Christmas All the Time’ to start us off after the sprightly ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ but it’s Stornoway’s ‘

’ which delivers the album highlight  - a near six-minute stunner which sets a high benchmark on the release.

Aside from the 14 very warm, Christmas tracks on offer then, the fact the whole album’s for charity - Médecins Sans Frontières – means this little stocking filler is a folking brilliant listen.

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