RECORDED LAST DECEMBER IN HARROGATE THEATRE, A NEW CONCERT FILM CAPTURES THE FESTIVE FUN OF KATE RUSBY’S NOW TRADITIONAL ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TOUR.
Released on October 28th by Pure Records, the LIVE AT CHRISTMAS DVD showcases Kate’s exquisite voice and her dextrous band making merry through seasonal songs from South Yorkshire, accompanied by a spirited brass section.
As explored by the Sheffield-born singer for a BBC Radio 2 documentary – 2009’s KEEPING TRADITION ALIVE – her home county has a strong history of carol singing, with winter Sunday lunchtimes seeing joyous carollers cram into pubs to join in with unashamedly celebratory singing – often standing room only!
At its heart, it represents a constantly evolving oral tradition, songs passed down from generation to generation, with roots dating back over two hundred years. Kate’s previously released pair of dedicated Christmas albums featured local variations and interpretations of familiar carols mostly unheard outside the area.
The LIVE AT CHRISTMAS setlist features a selection from both. SWEET BELLS, the title track from Kate’s original Christmas album in 2008, features alongside other songs from it, namely: HAIL CHIME ON; HERE WE COME A-WASSAILING; POOR OLD HORSE; HARK, HARK WHAT NEWS?; and THE HOLLY AND THE IVY. From most recent festive CD WHILE MORTALS SLEEP (2011) the inclusions are: FIRST TREE IN THE GREENWOOD; JOY TO THE WORLD; HOME; KRIS KRINGLE; LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM; SEVEN GOOD JOYS; CRANBROOK; and THE WREN. In addition, WALK THE ROAD from studio album MAKE THE LIGHT (2010) is also present.
Extras on LIVE AT CHRISTMAS include an exclusive interview and a specially completed animated video for LITTLE JACK FROST (from 2005 album THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T FLY). The song was written in 2004 as the theme for THE TALE OF JACK FROST, a Zoo Films production of the children’s book written and illustrated by David Melling, first broadcast on CBBC.
KATE RUSBY LIVE AT CHRISTMAS is available to pre-order direct from Pure Records (here), alongside the previously released CDs of seasonal songs: SWEET BELLS (here); and WHILE MORTALS SLEEP (here). Other Christmas goodies can be found here.
Courtesy of Kate and her team, we have a fresh-from-under-the-tree copy of the LIVE AT CHRISTMAS DVD to give away. To win it, email firstname.lastname@example.org (marking the subject line KRX) and tell us the name of the Cornwall-based artist who painted the distinctive covers for Kate’s two Christmas albums.
Kate’s 2013 run of traditional Christmas shows follows the conclusion of her current Autumn Tour. For details and tickets links for remaining dates during October and November, see our previous news story (here) – though please note that the competition to win tickets for the Autumn tour has now closed.
CHRISTMAS TOUR – DECEMBER 2013
Thurs 5th December BRIGHTON Dome tickets
Fri 6th December WARWICK Arts Centre tickets
Sat 7th December WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall tickets
Sun 8th December LONDON Union Chapel, Islington SOLD OUT
Tues 10th December LIVERPOOL Philharmonic tickets
Weds 11th December SHEFFIELD City Hall tickets
Thurs 12th December LEEDS Town Hall tickets
Sun 15th December NOTTINGHAM Playhouse tickets
Tues 17th December MANCHESTER Bridgewater Hall tickets
Weds 18th December CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange tickets
Thurs 19th December GATESHEAD The Sage tickets
Fri 20th December MALVERN Theatre tickets
Sat 21st December HUDDERSFIELD Town Hall tickets