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Christmas Eve

by hallymusic

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hally’s ‘Christmas Eve’ carries the torch of a long established tradition, in which The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’ has had the greatest mainstream success, and takes us on a winding tour down Yule tide’s darker alleys. The song’s opening establishes the scene on a hazy Christmas Eve, with each instrument wobbling in its own way around the beat, like tipsy punters at the bar, before finding their sync as the song proper begins. A double bass somberly descends, a piano brightly tinkles, accompanied by languorous guitar fills, a sparse brooding horn section, and snapping sibilant percussion.

Enter hally’s unique melodic wail to tell a tale of lovers living through an evening that neither wants to end, interrupted momentarily by a brief but beautiful trumpet solo which sets a more celebratory mood, and you have yourself a potent and poignant seasonal concoction, unlike any other tune of Christmas past.

The song is impeccably recorded too, and as a listener you feel as though you are inside the recording, which has the feel of a bright and lively jazz room, where each instrument and sound occupies its own space and makes its own contribution to the story; in short, an absolute pleasure for the ears.


Leave by the winding stairs
There are knobs in the garden
We beat on the same drum
Hung by the last rung
Under the haze of Christmas Eve

Scripting the final words
She straightened her flowing curls
He can eat of the same plate
He always arrives late
Under the moon of Christmas Eve

I wait for the last refrain
There are bags in the corridor
We wretch in the same bowl
Donate and I will adore
Only the sales could save our Christmas Eve

Sink in the morning tide
Been walking the streets all night
Your tea bone is so rare
I don't think that it's dead
And I'm on the last loan for this
Christmas Eve...

Gonna explode with cheer
We bang on the same drum
Hung from the last rung
Under the haze of Christmas Eve


released December 5, 2020
Drums - Kevin Brady
Backing Vocals & Brass Arrangement - Meilana Gillard
Trumpet - Mike Barkley
Acoustic Bass - Dave Redmond
Piano - Greg Lloyd
Backing vocal - Paul Quin
Lead Vocal & Guitar - hally


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hally Ireland

Hally is an independent musician, songwriter and producer from Ireland. 2017 sees the launch of his project “Peeling Onions” consisting of 52 pieces of music, one song released every week for a year. Hally is an experimental indie singer-songwriter with jazztastic undertones, he invokes musical composition, visual art and the written word to realize his creations. ... more

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