It’s Christmas Eve which means it’s time for Timber and Steel’s traditional wrap up of the best folky Christmas songs of the year. If you’re like us and you love Christmas song done well, then you’re in for a treat.
We hope you have a safe and merry Christmas wherever you find yourself this year. We look forward to folking with you in the New Year!
Robert Ellis – “Pretty Paper”
Americana fans were treated to a Christmas treat this year with the release of An Americana Christmas, a collection of classic and brand new holdiay tracks. We thought we’d feature the new tracks from Robert Ellis and Nikki Lane given their visits to Australia this year.
Nikki Lane – “FaLaLaLaLove Ya”
The Once – “The Light in Your Window”
Australian-bound Canadian trio The Once shared their ode to coming home for Christmas.
Scott Dean ft. Aubrey Lynn England – “We Three Kings”
Smoke Fairies – “Christmas Without A Kiss”
The Albion Christmas Band – “In The Bleak Midwinter”
The Albion Christmas Band are a Christmas institution for
The Lonely Wild – “Holidays”
Mark Kozelek – “Christmas Time Is Here”
The Sun Kil Moon frontman delivered a Christmas album, Sings Christmas Carols, this year with traditional and favourite Christmas songs including this Charlie Brown classic.
Paddy McHugh & The Goldminers – “The Old Men of The Railway Hotel”
Lindsay Phillips – “Come Home (It’s Christmas Time)”
Boat To Row – “My Darling Spark”
Clare Bowen – “Santa Baby”
I know that the American musical TV series Nasville is a guilty pleasure for many folk and country music lovers in Australia, especially as it features Australian actress/singer Clare Bowen. This is Bowen’s contribution to the Nasville cast Christmas album, Christmas With Nashville.
Jillette Johnson – “River”
Red Sky July – “Christmas Time”
Shir Soul – “Dreidel”
Because this time of year is not just about Christmas. Plus how good is a cappella music?
The National Parks – “It’s Christmas, and I Like You”
Sam Joole – “Christmas At The Zoo”
Sydney acoustic rock singer-songwriter Sam Joole covered The Flaming Lips’ “Christmas At The Zoo” for his holiday offering this year and we think you’re going to like it.
Zoë Wren – “Snow-white Lies”
Oxford & Co. – “Let It Snow”
I discovered Sydney nu-folk duo Oxford & Co. earlier this year and have been loving their stuff – including their version of “Let It Snow” for Christmas.
August York – “Warm Memories”
The Lost Brothers – “Little Angel”
The Lost Brothers were one of my favourite discoveries this year and I’m completely chuffed they decided to release a Christmas single so I could include it on this list. “Little Angel” is free to download with the suggestion of sending a donation to Unicef.
The Outside Track – “Get Me Through December”
Olivers Army – “All I Want For Christmas”
Todd Sibbin – “White Christmas”
Tom West – “Feliz Navidad”
Butcher Knives – “Auld Lang Syne”
What better way to finish off the year than with the classic “Auld Lang Syne”, complete with a gypsy punk twist of course.