ALL THINGS NEW! is a collaborative project bringing together Newcastle artists to create an alternative Christmas album to celebrate, deconstruct and reinterpret sacred Christmas music. For the musicians, this has been an exploratory journey – having the opportunity to try out new arrangements, working with new musical partners and wrestling with the themes within the music – themes of joy, celebration, vulnerability, sacrifice and hope. For those producing the album, there has often been the question, "Will it be worth it?", "Will it come together in time?". And there has been plenty of fun recording in the gallery after hours. This is a token of the adventure that this project has been. Thank you for being part of it. Happy Christmas!
released December 12, 2014
Peace On Earth
Music and words by Sonny Burke and Peggy Lee. Additional words and arrangement by Meghann Clancy.
O Sight Of Anguish
Words by Samson Occam (1774).
In The Making
Original words and music by A. Ross.
Glory Shone Around
Words by Nahum Tate, Music by Thomas J Allen. From the Sacred Harp, Cooper Edition.
No Sparkle Here
Music written and arranged by Alison Merritt Smith and Aurora with some words taken from ‘Calypso Carol’, Michael A. Perry, (1965, 1986 Jubilate Hymns).
This album would have been possible without the time and generosity of:
Alex Ross, Shaun Atherton, Newcastle Central and East Methodist Circuit and The Holy Biscuit staff and all the artists. And of course, all those who funded the Kickstarter campaign!
Musicians: Alex Ross, Lydia Roy, Harriet Cole, Ian Paterson, Ian Wylie, Cath and Phil Tyler, Meghann Clancy, Katie Hall, Ian Harrington, Newcastle Sacred Harp Singers, Alex McRae, Emma Davis, Alison Merritt Smith, Tom Merritt Smith, Andy Warmington, Helena Simmonds, Joshua Tengan, James Milne.
Original screenprinted album artwork by Sarah Ingledew
Album design by Amy Barnes and Luke Fletcher