Essential Advent Calendar: Jedward Bring Hope And Raise Funds For St Vincent de Paul

Jedward are behind the 25th and final door of our Essential Advent Calendar for 2017, with a very special charity auction to raise vital funds for St Vincent de Paul, Ireland.

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Essential Advent Calendar: ‘Merry Christmas Everyone – Christmas Hearts Club Band

“May this song bring relief, peace and hope to you all in this last quarter of what has been a tremendously difficult and challenging year in light of the tragic events, natural catastrophes as well as the loss of iconic artists, close friends and family. Let’s end 2017 on a high note so to speak, full of cheer, without fear.” – Lost Nomad, aka Diego Guzman

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Essential Advent Calendar: Sarah Darling – Winter Wonderland

Nashville based singer songwriter Sarah Darling has been heralded as one of country music’s breakout performers, and an elite vocalist in the US. She has set her sights on the UK and after three studio albums, released her Christmas album, ‘Winter Wonderland’, on November 17.

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Essential Advent Calendar: The Rising – ‘This Special Time Of Year’

The Rising are pleased to announce the release of their special Christmas single ‘This Special Time Of Year’. Recorded in the band’s native hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland at the bands own Renegade Studios, and also PlethoraTone Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.

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Essential Advent Calendar: New Hope Club – ‘Whoever He Is (Christmas Song)’

New Hope Club have revealed their brand new festive track and video, ‘Whoever He Is (Christmas Song)’. It’s behind door number 21 on our Essential Advent Calendar.

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Áine Cahill Performs ‘Fairytale Of New York’ With Kodaline At Brixton Academy

Irish breakthrough artist Áine Cahill is one to watch in 2018 following the release of her new single, ‘Blood Diamonds’, as well as mamoth tours with JP Cooper and Kodaline.

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Matteo Markus Bok – ‘This Christmas’

Matteo Markus Bok is a true teen icon, who’s performed as Simba, in The Lion King at only 9 years of age, hosted ‘Magic English’ on the Disney Junior Channel, and was a finalist on The Voice Kids Germany, as well as performing on ‘Italia’s Got Talent’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Circuit3 – ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’

Irish synth artist Circuit3 (aka Peter Fitzpatrick) has released his take on the classic, ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’. Originally released in 1975 by Greg Lake (Emerson Lake & Palmer) with lyrics by Peter Sinfield, the instrumental riff between the verses on ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ comes from the ‘Troika’ portion of Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Lieutenant Kijé’ Suite. Circuit3’s synthy version was recorded in Dublin using classic retro analogue synthesisers, giving the song a charmingly warm vibe.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Catherine McGrath releases ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

After being shortlisted as One To Watch For 2018 by The Independent, and had her new single ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ lead the Music Week playlist, country-pop star Catherine McGrath has released her version of the classic track ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Janelle Nadeau – ‘Star of Night’

Vancouver harpist Janelle Nadeau has released her a seasonal album, ‘Star Of Night’. The acting principal harpist with the Vancouver Opera, Janelle has performed with everyone from Diana Krall to Kanye West. The album comprises her take on ten classic Christmas songs.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Martin Davis Releases Christmas Single in Collaboration with Malcolm Jagger ‘Christmas Won’t Be Christmas Without You’

Singer songwriter Martin Davis, known for his song, ‘Oak Tree Lament’, which he wrote to bring awareness to the Stop HS2 Campaign, has released an upbeat seasonal song, ‘Christmas Won’t Be Christmas Without You’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: The Kondoors – ‘Mr Rain’

The Kondoors are singer songwriters Jessica Greenfield and Gavin Conder who when their voices come together produce an absolute powerhouse of harmonies and glorious melodies.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Tom Chaplin – ‘The Twelve Tales Of Christmas’

Tom Chaplin, known to many as the lead singer of Keane, follows up the success of his debut solo album, ‘The Wave’, with a seasonal offering, ‘Twelve Tales Of Christmas’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Matt Legrand – ‘What Christmas Means To Me’ (Stevie Wonder cover)’

We’ve introduced you previously to French-born Chicago-raised Matt LeGrand, with his single, ‘All Good’, a track with a Caribbean feel to both song and video. Now he’s back with a festive release, a cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘What Christmas Means To Me’.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Dick Van Dyke & Jane Lynch – ‘We’re Going Caroling’

Think of great Christmas traditions, and after the roast goose or turkey, and the tree, surely caroling from door to door must be right up there. Dick Van Dyke and Jane Lynch bring this holiday happening right back with their seasonal song, ‘We’re Going Caroling’. It’s day 12 on the Essential Advent Calendar.

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Essential Advent Calendar: Laust Sonne – ‘X-Mas Morning’

We’ve written about Laust Sonne several times before, but now the Danish singer songwriter, and drummer from iconic band, D-A-D (Disneyland After Dark) is back with a seasonal track, ‘X-Mas Morning’.

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