22nd December – Jack Hayter, Alexander’s Festival Hall and Travis Elborough

Today we are traveling from rusty (not rustic) folk to pulsating pop via some Shatneresque spoken word.

Here’s my old buddy Jack from Hefner and his dog Barney.

Jack Hayter – The Anti-Santa

Jack says….

Last year I read in the Bexley New Shopper about a bitter man who, here on Christmas Eve, pharm and in a drunken moment of madness, adiposity broke into his estranged wife’s house. After drinking the Brandy and eating the mince pies which had been left out for Santa he fell asleep under the tree. Upon his discovery on Christmas Morn the police were called and he was taken away and sectioned under the mental health act. His actions were ill-advised and there was,no doubt, a better way of rekindling the romance of Christmas. There again this could simply be a song about a very naughty dog. – Jack Hayter

Next up we have two collaborations from Alex Mayor aka Alexander’s Festival Hall, firstly with acclaimed writer Travis Elborough.

Travis Elborough vs Alexander’s Festival Hall – Carol Of The Bowls

The Loudest Voice – (Travis Elborough and Alexander’s Festival Hall on mince pies and mulled wine).

Song: Hells Bells
…and secondly with The Birthday Girl

Alexander’s Festival Hall featuring The Birthday Girl – Hey Santa Black Snow

This song was a joint project between Alexander’s Festival Hall and The Birthday Girl who plays and sings in the Vatican Cellars.
She wanted to a Christmas song and we started channelling some unhappy-goths-attempt-to-find-the-reason-for-the-season type narratives at the beginning, but this fairly doomladen strumfest (Black snow at Xmas) was just too depressing to finish. However… we looped a little section of it and realised you could drop a more perky uptempo number about Santa being this slightly 
awful and untrustworthy uncle figure over the top. The Birthday Girl added a few choice morsels of Southern States American personal history to, ah, spice things up and the results is well… I guess give it a listen! – Alex