Late Night Stargazing

Okay, with just seven days to go until the Big Day, we’re going to crank up the Christmas round these parts.

Not that Late Night Stargazing is the sort of place where things get cranked up, of course.

But here’s a few of tunes which fit the mood of this corner.

First, from the simply wonderful “A Glimpse of Stocking” Christmas album they released a couple of years ago, here’s Saint Etienne:


Saint Etienne – Snow

Sticking with female vocalists for now, here, from another Christmas album from 2012, is Tracey Thorn, her of Everything But The Girl fame, with the title track from said album:


Tracey Thorn – Tinsel and Lights

One for all the pagans out there now. Here’s Ultrasound, with a tune to celebrate Winter Solstice:


Ultrasound – Modranicht

Moving forward slightly from 8th Century Pagan to 16th Century Medieval with a Christmas carol performed all in Latin. You are not necessarily expected to sing a long with this one:


Steeleye Span – Gaudete

“Gaudete” is not only one of only three songs performed entirely in Latin to be hit in the UK, it’s also one of the few to be performed a capella. Two more were Christmas Number Ones, “Only You” by The Flying Pickets, which I’m not going to post, and this, which, well, I am, obviously:


The Housemartins – Caravan Of Love

Last one for tonight, then I think we’re about as cranked up as we get round these parts.

Back to female vocalists, and one from a band that, had my phone been working a couple of months ago when I was sent a text asking me if I fancied going, I would have seen play at my favourite venue, Union Chapel in Islington, at the start of the month. The invite was from my mate Neil, the only one from my little bunch of buddies that I haven’t been able to catch up with pre-Christmas, so Neil, this one’s for you:


Low – Blue Christmas

More soon.