As entertainers we’ll be bringing plenty of festive cheer to pubs and parties across the country. That means throwing a few holiday songs into the set to get audiences in the mood. The much loved standards and classics, like “Fairytale of New York” and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” will get many a rendition. But there are plenty of other Christmas themed tunes that lend themselves to a party or singsong. Here are 5 lesser known festive songs worth considering:
1 - “Must Be Santa” - Bob Dylan: Mr. Zimmerman has credited the Clancy’s and other Irish Folk artists as being major influences on his career. He must have heard them play “The Ratlan Bog” at some point and taken inspiration for this one. Great craic for a singalong. The video is fun too!
2 - “The Night Santa Went Crazy” - “Weird Al” Yankovic: Christmas songs don’t get much funnier than this. Who’d have guessed Santa had such a dark side?!
3 - “White Wine in the Sun” - Tim Minchin: This song has everything; a beautiful melody and chords, touching and heart-warming lyrics, and just enough wit and comedy to take the edge off it!
4 - “How to Make Gravy” - Paul Kelly: No one said Christmas songs had to be jolly, and Joe’s story certainly isn’t. But it’s touching and sentimental all the same, and a perfect ballad for that late-in-the-evening session!
5 - “Goin’ Back” - Dusty Springfield: Anyone old enough to remember the 80’s ESB ad can’t help but feel nostalgic upon hearing this one. Written by Carole King, it’s a goldie that’s not just for the oldies!