The good news keeps piling on this week, with your favourite roots and blues boyz, The Teskey Brothers, announcing a very special set of Christmas tunes. It is truly the most wonderful time right now.
The 2020 ARIA Award winners have today released two original Christmas songs, ‘Dreaming Of A Christmas With You’ and ‘Highway Home For Christmas’! To coincide with the release, the band have also announced an extremely special Christmas performance event with Orchestra Victoria (GET IN), which will be filmed at Hamer Hall and premiered on YouTube on Tuesday 22 December at 10.00am AEDT.
Honestly how good??
And while this is definitely no Mistletoe by Justin Bieber, I’m all for these new interpretations on the Chrissy classics.
It’s traditionally Teskey, too. A slow jam that focuses on the struggles we’ve all faced in lockdown, and the hope of spending Christmas will our loved ones. And I feel like it will be a very relatable message, given how many of us haven’t been able to see family, friends, partners etc over the last few months.
“Our first Christmas tunes! These two songs are both inspired by the lockdown we all faced this year. The story speaks to the separation of lovers and family, in Victoria’s case divided by the great Murray River, holding onto hope for a reunion at Christmas,” the Teskey Bros said.
“You’ve got a lonely soul at home who’s ‘Dreaming Of A Christmas With You’, while their loved one is hightailing it down the ‘Highway Home For Christmas’. After a slow year off the tools, it was so much fun to get back together and record these tracks live in the room,”
And to wrap a nice bow on this special little release will be the YouTube concert with Orchestra Victoria. The two songs will be reimagined by arranger Jamie Messenger, and performed live onstage at Hamer Hall with the orchestra (led by conductor Nicholas Buc) – viewable to fans across the world on YouTube.
The 50-minute performance will feature songs from the band’s catalogue, a debut performance of ‘Dreaming Of A Christmas With You’ and ‘Highway Home For Christmas’, as well as a few more surprises in the works.The news comes off the back of last week’s ARIA Award win for Best Blues & Roots Album for their #1 ARIA chart-topping LP, Live At The Forum! Amidst a 16-date sold out national Australian tour in 2019, the band undertook the arduous task of recording to analogue tape during their four-night stand at the beloved Melbourne venue.