Twelve Days of Christmas

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Luna Malinconia, from his last album, Serenata, on the first night of his  2014 UK Winter tour (thanks to Linda W for sharing):

If memory serves me right, this was the only time we heard it on this tour, the reason being that the Newcastle show over ran quite considerably and had to be shortened for all subsequent performances.

Blue Moon was written by Rodgers and Hart (with different lyrics) for a 1934 film starring Jean Harlow but it never made the cut.  It did appear in a different film that year but with another set of lyrics but failed to make a splash.  The lyrics were changed yet again and this proved third time lucky as these became the English lyrics that we know today.  Recorded by many over the years (Elvis again!) the song was a worldwide hit in 1961 for The Marcels:

I’ve also chosen Dean Martin’s version though as Alfie chose to pay tribute to Martin on Bruce’s Hall of Fame in December 2014:

Blue Moon is available on Serenata:

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It’s Only Love on the Storyteller tour at the Royal Albert Hall:

Filmed on the second of the two nights for release on DVD and to show on PBS in the USA, the atmosphere was absolutely electric and this song had us all up and dancing.  A favourite from Alfie Boe Singing Elvis, I love it and judging by the people asking Alfie to “sing Elvis” over the summer, lots of you love it too!

It’s Only Love isn’t one of Elvis’s best known songs and upon release in 1971 barely bothered the US charts (it reached number 51) although it fared somewhat better in the UK; following it’s 1980 release it reached number 3.

Storyteller on DVD is available here:

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…a Christmas medley with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir:

This is the second of our Twelve Days of Christmas posts to feature this series of Christmas concerts from 2012 and this newly released video from MoTab themselves has been edited from the longer Home for the Holidays video that shows the whole medley, not just Alfie’s songs.

Home for the Holidays was written in 1954 and initially released by Perry Como, who again recorded the song for release in 1959.  Since then, it has been recorded by amongst other, Cyndi Lauper and Norah Jones but the version here shows off the evergreen voice of Karen Carpenter:

The Carpenters also recorded I’ll Be Home for Christmas, along with practically everyone else who’s done a Christmas album but the video below features an Alfie favourite, Elvis, who recorded it in 1957:

Bing Crosby recorded the original in 1943 and it has of course been a standard Christmas song ever since.

The MoTab album, Home for the Holidays is available here (click here for the DVD):

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…away with a tin of Roses!  For our friends in other parts of the world, Cadbury’s Roses are a selection of chocolates that are often bought at Christmas – and they mostly come in a tin as can be seen here (thanks Jayne for sharing):

This clip is from 18 December 2011 in Nottingham and precedes the clip from the Third Day of Christmas in which Matt refers to the chocolates he didn’t have.

Anyone had a tin of Roses this Christmas?

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...Hark the Herald Angels Sing at the Mo Tab Choir Christmas Concerts in Salt Lake City:

This was back in 2012 and was part of that year’s Christmas series of concerts featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.  Just glorious!

Hark the Herald Angels Sing as we know it today is quite different to how it was originally written.  Charles Wesley wrote the words in 1739 but the tune as know it today was written a hundred years later by Felix Mendelssohn.  However, it was not specifically written as an accompaniment to Wesley’s words – an adaptation by William H Cummings made it into one of the most well known carols we have today.

Here is a pared down snippet from Alfie at Abbey Road’s Carols by Kindlelight in 2014:

Those sexy specs are starting to make me feel like the buttons on my blouse!

The Home for the Holidays album is available here:

home for the holidays

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White Christmas with Matt Lucas and the result was magic – thanks to Jayne for sharing:

The actual date was 18 December 2011 and the venue was Nottingham on the first leg of the Bring Him Home tour.  There’s a lot of banter to start with and throughout which shows the great bond Alfie and Matt have.

Like the song from the Second Day of Christmas, White Christmas has become one of our best known and loved Christmas songs after being written for a film.  Irving Berlin wrote the song for the 1942 film Holiday Inn, which is a great Christmas film and of course Bing Crosby made the song his own.  Since then, pretty much everyone has recorded or performed it – the version I’m showing you is by one of my favourite singers, Otis Redding.  His version is on the soundtrack from one of my favourite films ever, certainly my favourite Christmas film, Love Actually.  Yes, it’s unashamedly a rom com chick flick but it’s fabulous and funny.  And it’s Christmas, so soppy films are just what we want.

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas with Laura Wright and Jason Manford at the Blackpool Opera House.  The actual date was 17 December 2011 and became a staple of the first part of Alfie’s Bring Him Home tour:

The song was written for the 1944 film, Meet Me in St Louis and was sung by Judy Garland.  Since then, it has become one of the most recognised Christmas songs around.  Let’s hear Judy’s version:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas features on Alfie’s 2011 album, Alfie and is available here:

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…free music from Michael Boe and Sean Ashmore!

For a strictly limited time only (the twelve days of Christmas in fact) Michael and Sean’s latest single, O Holy Night is available for a free download – aren’t they lovely?

In order to share this with you, I’m once again partnering with Angry Baby, so to add this free copy of Michael and Sean’s O Holy Night, just click here.  This offer will only be available for twelve days so get it now!

In the meantime, here is the video trailer:

Once you’ve got that and enjoyed it (which I know you will), you might like Michael and Sean’s 2015 album, Along the Way which is available from North Star Opera. I have a few favourite tracks but the stand out for me was the duet with thoughtsofjustafan favourite, Beth Ford.  The new arrangement of Streets of London shows off both voices to their best.

click here to get the free download of O Holy Night

Merry Christmas

and I hope you enjoy the rest of The Twelve Days of Christmas

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