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Ellyn Oliver – Ring the Bells

We really are spoiled for choice when it comes to music at Christmas.  Whether it is evergreen standards from the likes of Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole, the seventies classics from Slade and Wizard or some of the cheesy festive hits of the eighties you are sure to find yourself singing along to a yuletide song at some point.

Personally, I love a Christmas Carol. The sound of small children singing Away in a Manger will inevitably leave me damp eyed. Community carol singing ignites strong memories of long-gone school concerts and the air of excitement that always surrounded them. When delivered in a soulful, bluesy voice as Ellyn Oliver does on her new three track EP, Ring the Bells, they provide the perfect seasonal accompaniment.

Ring the Bells is made up of two original compositions and one cover. Magnify, the opening track, is three and a half minutes of joyously melodic exuberance. It is utterly irresistible

Next up is the title track, Ring the Bells.  There’s a timeless feel to this song as the singer delivers a wonderfully laid-back performance. Its jazz with a Scottish accent vibe is warm, comforting and uplifting.

O Holy Night is given a totally stripped back treatment with just voice and piano present.   It is not easy bringing something new to such a familiar song but Ellyn Oliver more than succeeds here.

If Christmas spirit is made up of joy, generosity and hope along with moments of anticipation and reflection then Ellyn Oliver has captured it all for us in just three songs.  Give yourself a treat and add them to your festive playlist.

You can buy Ring the Bells by visiting Ellyn Oliver’s website HERE.

Dancing on Tables new EP, Don’t Stop.

Young Dunfermline five piece Dancing on Tables released their new EP, Don’t Stop, earlier this month, marking the occasion with a launch night at Electric Circus in Edinburgh. It’s still early days for this band but if you are looking for some sparkly indie pop to keep you in the festive party mood then you should check these four tracks out.
Things get off to a lively start with the catchy title track. The song fairly gallops along with the chorus perfect for a live show singalong. It does what all good three minute pop songs should do,  leaves you wanting more. Next tune, Street of Sounds serves up more of the bands undeniably infectious sound. The third track, Ono, is something of a surprise as things are slowed down considerably, violin and acoustic guitar providing the backing to possibly the strongest vocal performances on the EP. It works remarkably well and provides the perfect counterbalance to the bands more typical style which is reprised in the closing song, Waiting on Saturday. There’s still a long way to go for this Fife quintet but they are certainly heading in the right direction.
Dancing on Tables will be starting 2017 with a gig at PJ Molloys in their hometown on the 7th January. It would defintely be worth making the effort to attend and hear these tracks live.

You can download Don’t Stop here.