PAUL KELLY CHRISTMAS TRAIN 2LP
Paul Kelly’s first Christmas album is an extraordinary 22-song double collection that travels across the centuries, from a Latin hymn to well-known carols, from a traditional Irish folk ballad to new Kelly music written for Christmas poems.
There are songs with an unmistakable local flavour like Three Drovers and Swing Around the Sun, and a sparkling new version of one of the greatest Australian Christmas songs of them all, Kelly’s own How to Make Gravy.
The album is delivered by Kelly and his band with a big cast of Christmas helpers including vocalists Vika and Linda Bull, Marlon Williams, Kasey Chambers, Alice Keath, Emily Lubitz, Lior and Emma Donovan, with contributions from the Kelly clan.
The writer, radio and TV presenter Waleed Aly also makes an appearance, reading verses from The Qur’an that tell the story of Mary and Jesus.
Kelly says: “I’ve chosen songs I love, which led me often to wander off the well-worn path, then chosen singers I thought best suited to them.”
The albums finds new ways to explore Christmas favourites too, with a Hawaiian flavour for Silent Night and an astonishing performance by Marlon Williams singing Tapu Te Po (O Holy Night) in the M?ori languge.
Folk, classical, soul, carols and hymns, rock and roll. Get ready for an album that’s going to become a part of celebrating an Australian Christmas for many years to come.
- 1. Nativity - Paul Kelly
- 2. Silent Night - Paul Kelly, Alice Keath & Sime Nugent
- 3. Swing Around The Sun - Paul Kelly
- 4. Christmas - Paul Kelly
- 5. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) - Linda Bull & Paul Kelly
- 6. Little Drummer Boy - Paul Kelly
- 7. Arthur McBride - Paul Kelly
- 8. The Virgin Mary Had One Son - Emma Donovan & Paul Kelly
- 9. Tapu te Po (O Holy Night) - Marlon Williams, The Dhungala Children's Choir & Paul Kelly
- 10. Shalom Aleichem - Lior, Alice Keath, Emily Lubitz & Paul Kelly
- 11. The Oxen - Paul Kelly
- 12. The Friendly Beasts - Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers & Dan Kelly
- 13. Three Drovers - Paul Kelly, Alice Keath & Sime Nugent
- 14. Christmas Must Be Tonight - Paul Kelly
- 15. Surah Maryam - Waleed Aly & Paul Kelly
- 16. Coventry Carol - Kate Miller-Heidke, Jess Hitchcock, Alice Keath, Marlon Williams & Paul Kelly
- 17. In The Hot Sun Of A Christmas Day - Paul Kelly
- 18. How To Make Gravy - Paul Kelly
- 19. Christmas Train - Vika Bull & Paul Kelly
- 20. Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing - Paul Kelly
- 21. Intonent Hodie - Alice Keath & Paul Kelly
- 22. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Alma Zygier & Paul Kelly
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