Rocking Christmas calendar

Smith and Jones: A Very BelCantos Christmas

ONE Newcastle musician is making sure it will be a rock’n’roll Christmas for everyone this year. 

Erling Grønhaug, also known as The Duke, has unleashed the Christmas Advent Calendar. It features 24 acts performing 24 Christmas tunes to keep you rocking through the festive season.

Each day a new video clip featuring a Christmas themed song will be revealed via a Facebook page. Much of the talent behind the project is from Newcastle. 

“December is really painful for a lot of people up until those last few days, it’s just stress,” The Duke said. 

“I liked the idea of having something that was fun to follow everyday.”

CALENDAR KIDS: Brooklyn Wilson (left to right), Leo Lannuzel, Craig 'Rosie' Rosevear, Ruby Cooke, and Cailyn Wilson. Picture: Simone De Peak

CALENDAR KIDS: Brooklyn Wilson (left to right), Leo Lannuzel, Craig 'Rosie' Rosevear, Ruby Cooke, and Cailyn Wilson. Picture: Simone De Peak

“In Norway, my home country, a Christmas calendar is just a given, it’s something you have in your house.

“It’s not as common here … I always grew up with it and that’s why I like it, to know Christmas is happening.” 

This calendar, the second since its inception,  features performances by a band from Rosie’s School of Rock, Lennie Tranter and the Bagism Revelation, Paper Thin, Grace Turner, Amy Vee, Jack Dawson and the Truman Smith Band. 

There are also acts from across the nation participating this year, as well as Norway and the US. The calendar features independent artists performing tried and tested Christmas favourites such as: Carol of the Bells, Blue Christmas, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and Sleigh Bells. There are also some tunes written especially for the calendar. 

For the past two years The Duke has made contact with musical artists asking them to participate in the project, and each time the response has been very positive.

It all happens digitally. The bands record their tune, and shoot the videos themselves.

“It wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago,” The Duke said. 

The Duke said Christmas in Australia was very different.

“For one thing it’s 40 degrees,” he said.

Next year The Duke intends to use the calendar to raise awareness and possibly funds for charity. 

The calendar launched on Thursday with a song by Tamworth duo Smith and Jones  performing their original tune, A Very BelCantos Christmas, with backing vocals by a choir. 

To subscribe to the calendar and check and get your daily dose: facebook.com/thexmasmusicalendar

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