Christmas Down Under

down under xmasSo this mix has been a really long time coming. I made it specifically for the Tranzac Club’s annual Holiday Gift Fair, something I intended to do in time for last year’s event. Oops.

The Tranzac is a space in Toronto that I mostly know because it hosts a lot of live events – music, plays, readings, you name it; it’s a multi-purpose space with three performance areas. But historically, and also, it is the home of the Toronto Australia New Zealand Club, so I decided I’d like to make a mix that celebrates those roots. And it was harder than I’d anticipated. I wanted to stay away from covers of standards by bands who happened to be from Australia or New Zealand and instead focus on songs specifically about Christmas in those places. I did a lot of research for this one, and I am sure I’m missing lots of gems that people from those places look forward to every year. Please, tell me about them in the comments!

Hope you’ll all enjoy these songs from the southern hemisphere. And if you’re in Toronto, do check out their Holiday Gift Fair next month!

Tracklist:

  1. Six White Boomers – Rolf Harris
  2. Christmas in New Zealand – The Long Ryders
  3. C’Mon It’s an Aussie Christmas – Bucko & Champs
  4. The Three Drovers – Sydney Symphony Orchestra and NSW State Conservatorium
  5. Christmas on the Station – Slim Dusty
  6. Southern Cross for Christmas – Boogie 2 Shoes
  7. White Wine in the Sun – Tim Minchin
  8. Christmas in Australia – Joe Dolce
  9. How to Make Gravy – Paul Kelly
  10. Aussie Jingle Bells – The Sunny Cowgirls
  11. Christmas Photo – John Williamson
  12. Santa Never Made it Into Darwin – Bucko & Champs
  13. Santa’s Gonna Come in a Mail Coach – Slim Dusty
  14. New Zealand Christmas Tree – The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
  15. Merry Christmas – Sydney Symphony Orchestra and NSW State Conservatorium
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