The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2016
December 24, 2016 at 10:26 (Opinion)
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It’s Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour.
Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2017
The Lumineers – “Blue Christmas”
This year we were treated to a couple of versions of the Elvis Presley track “Blue Christmas” – a stripped back version from The Lumineers and an indie version from Builder of the House & Robyn Adele Anderson. We like ’em both!
Builder of the House (ft. Robyn Adele Anderson) – “Blue Christmas”
Trampled by Turtles – “Christmas in Prison”
Jone Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” is a go to cover for Americana, country and bluegrass bands each year – we like this version from Trampled by Turtles
Bonnie & The Barrows – “Christmas Brand New”
Sara Watkins – “The Holidays With You”
Sara Watkins adds a touch of ukulele to Christmas with her track “The Holidays With You”.
David Brent & Foregone Conclusion – “Don’t Cry It’s Christmas”
Ok, this isn’t folk. But you have to agree that Ricky Gervais’ David Brent owns the Christmas number one with “Don’t Cry It’s Christmas”
Brooke Annibale – “This Holiday”
Caroline Pennell Feat. Aaron Espe – “This Year”
Miranda Dodson – “Christmas Glow”
Jessica Martindale & Tyler Huston – “Angels We Have Heard”
She & Him – “Christmas Memories”
She & Him are determined to corner the indie market each and every year and their 2016 track “Christmas Memories” is another gem.
Freedom Fry – “Oh Santa (Bad World)”
Woodsy Pride – “It’s Merry Christmas”
Marié Digby – “Venice Beach Christmas”
Cara Dillon – “Upon a Winter’s Night”
A truly wonderful piece of Christmas folk music – what more would you expect from Cara Dillon?
Low – “Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)”
Jack Skuller – “Stuck In This Holiday”
The Washington Squares – “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” gets a 60s folk makeover care of The Washington Squares.
Loretta Lynn – “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus”
Skinner and T’witch – “The Winter Song”
Jethro Tull – “Pass The Bottle (A Christmas Song)”
The Changing Room – “There’s Magic In Christmas Eve”
Ange Hardy – “Mary’s Robin”
Ange Hardy released a double A side for Christmas and both tracks – “The Quantock Carol” and “Mary’s Robin” – are magnificent. We chose “Mary’s Robin” because most other outlets are chosing the former.
The Gothard Sisters – “Christmas Flower”
Tightly polished Irish folk music at its best.
Jennifer Licko – “The Holly and the Ivy”
Cherish the Ladies – “Ding Dong! Merrily On High/The Cordal Jig/Old Apples In Winter/Con Cassidy’s”
Ben Abraham and Missy Higgins – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”
A wonderful slice of Australian Christmas. Ben Abraham, Missy Higgins, a kiddy pool and a dog are all you need.
The Secret Sisters – “The Little Drummer Boy”
Hattie Briggs & Natalie Holmes – “Christmas Bells”