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Best Alternative Christmas Songs of 2015

Love alternative Christmas tunes as much as I do? Then you've come to the right place. Here are the very best indie Christmas songs that 2015 has to offer.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Christmas scene by Charlene Man.

Tis the season for my annual festive tune round up: my favourite alternative Christmas songs and albums laid out all in one place. As has also become ritual I am also very late in the day - this year the excuse being that I had a baby in August and I’ve also just published my fourth book, Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion. Still, I could not let the opportunity pass me by to dig out the best Christmas tunes for 2015, so here’s what I’ve found on my trawl around the internet.

Brett Beardslee wrote this lovely song about the importance of family for his wife Jesse, Pickin In Pajamas, with a simple but evocative video featuring nostalgic Christmas photos.


American country singer Darryl Gregory is writing a new Christmas song every year, find a whole album read more

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My favourite finds from the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition 2014

The Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition winner for 2014 has been announced, but there were many more brilliant tunes submitted. Here are my favourites which did not quite make my final top three.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Ellie Ford by Daria Hlazatova. A few weeks ago the final showdown between 8 finalists was held at Pilton Working Men’s Club, with the ultimate winner of the 2014 Glastonbury […]

Best Christmas Indie Tunes for 2013

This year there have been plenty of Christmas albums from mainstream artists, but here I bring you a selection of the best from indie musicians across the world.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Joe Innes & the Cavalcade by Katie Edwards. This year, despite a flurry of releases from mainstream musicians, there seems to be a dearth of Christmas tunes from indie artists. […]

Favourite Christmas Indie Tunes for 2012: listen to the best here!

It's time to get into the festive spirit: listen to a host of wonderful new Christmas indie tunes right here and enjoy beautiful illustrations that were inspired by them.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Christmas Olive Grove by Bex Bourne, based on As A Child I Awoke by Jo Mango. A hugely successful Christmas tune is the holy grail for many musicians: just think […]

An interview with Nedry and review of new album In A Dim Light

Nedry return with their second album, a unique blend of electro influences topped off with the inimitable vocals of Japanese singer Ayu Okakita. Beautiful.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Nedry by Abi Stevens. Nedry excel in a vocal electro dub step mash up genre all of their own. In A Dim Light opens languidly with the blissed out vocals […]

Live Review: King Creosote and Jon Hopkins at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

Francois and The Atlas Mountains provided support for King Creosote and Jon Hopkin's gig at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Friday 9th September 2011. It was a packed out affair.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Francois and the Atlas Mountains by Maria Papadimitriou aka Slowly The Eggs. The fabulous Francois and the Atlas Mountains provided opening support for King Creosote and Jon Hopkins at the […]

Montreal Festimania 2011: Fantasia International Film Festival Review

The Fantasia International Film Festival is a world class event where I discovered some great new films, including the British short film trio Little Deaths and Korean rom com Petty Romance.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Fantasia International Film Festival 2011 poster by Donald Caron. Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, capsule Canada bills itself as a celebration of all things niche and genre. Our visit […]

Album Review: The Magic Lantern – A World In A Grain Of Sand

It's clear from this latest offering that The Magic Lantern harbour some impressive songwriting skills not to mention extraordinary musicianship. There are fantastic songs on the album and it requires your full attention

Written by Emma Barlow

Much of The Magic Lantern’s A World In A Grain Of Sand reminded me of the folk music coming out of London three of four years ago, sildenafil before the […]

Album Review: Butcher the Bar – For Each A Future Tethered

Butcher the Bar's album For Each A Future Tethered is Joel Nicholson's second stab at this album malarky and if, as I suspect, this time he set out to create a collection of sweet and sunny folk-pop songs then he has succeeded!

Written by Emma Barlow

For Each A Future Tethered is easy-listening embodied in 11 songs and Nicholson’s is a voice that simply seems to melt into your ears. There are a few artists that […]

Stornoway talk about playing at the 2011 Larmer Tree Festival, 13th-17th July in Dorset

We speak to Stornoway about the UK festival scene in advance of their performance at the Larmer Tree Festival, taking place between 13th-17th July at the Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset. With lots of illustrations.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Stornoway by Sally Jane Thompson. I’m really excited that Oxford indie folksters Stornoway will be playing on the bill at Larmer Tree Festival this year. Their lovely debut album Beachcomber’s […]

Album Review: James Pants

Krautrock, Kraftwerk and shoegaze. With added extras. It shouldn't work, but it does - when electro auteur James Pants is at the helm.

Written by Cari Steel

All artwork courtesy of James Pants I must confess, advice I have been a bit over focused on just one genre of music recently; pretty much every track that I […]

Album Review – The Travelling Band: Screaming Is Something

With their sound deeply rooted in rock, folk and country The Travelling Band’s second offering Screaming Is Something will please the ears of acoustic music lovers everywhere.

Written by Emma Barlow

The brand new album from The Travelling Band features all the trademarks of a good folk pop album, site including introspective lyrics, fantastic harmonies and, as no self-respecting nu-folk band […]

An interview with Boat to Row

Sometimes, just occasionally, I discover a new band that takes my breath away... and it's not because some music PR has sent me a bunch of links, it's because they have got in touch with me themselves. Meet Boat to Row.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Boat to Row by Rebecca Strickson. Sometimes someone sends me something that quite simply blows me away: and so it was when Michael King of Boat to Row got in […]

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Music: Essie Jain Interview

This singer/songwriter moved to New York from London in her early twenties. Stunning long blonde hair, hypnotic voice and an album of lullabies out now. Here follows an interview with the lovely Essie on music and the feelings and life changes post- twenties.

Written by Helen Martin

Illustration by Madi Illustration Could you introduce yourself please? Hello there, more about my name Essie Jain. Pleased to meet you. Where are you from and where do you currently […]

An interview with singer songwriter Kyla La Grange

Kyla La Grange's debut single Walk Through Walls is released today on Noir and she celebrates tomorrow with a launch party at Notting Hill Arts Club. I visited Kyla at her London management offices to find out more about this talented new star in the making.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Eco Luxe Showroom Hipstamatic Fair+True and Reluxe illustration by Andrea Kearney The EcoLuxe exhibition was held at the ultra chic One Aldwych Hotel, sickness just across the road from Somerset […]

An interview with Dry the River

The lush five way harmonies of folk band Dry the River are causing major waves wherever they play. On the eve of their headline gig at the Nest in Dalston I caught up with singer and lyricist Peter Liddle.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Familiar with a fair few live music venues across London, search I’ve been pretty up close and personal to a number of bands, both great and truly awful, and wondered […]

6 Day Riot: On This Island – Album Review

6 Day Riot return with a beautiful new album that marries folk/indie/pop and Latin flavours, all tied together with the sweetest of vocals from Tamara Schlesinger.

Written by Amelia Gregory

MADE_craft_and_design Tamara Schlesinger may have the sweetest voice but she’s not above a storming yowl. And so this album starts, information pills the choir like harmonies and honeyed vocals of […]

Review: Dot-to-Dot Festival 2010, Nottingham

Britain's best regional city-centred venue festival, returning for another edition with some of today's best up-and-coming and established bands

Written by Ian Steadman

Illustration by Yelena Bryksenkova Animal Bandido are a fashion label with a difference. They’re totally anti-establishment and detest the omniprescent multi-national fashion empires that exploit workers and fabrics, price case […]

Festival Review: Primavera Sound

Our sunkissed contributor reports from the frontlines of Spains biggest music festival, and discovers bands that drove her wild, the second coming of Kurt Cobain (maybe) and a few acts that should be put out to pasture.

Written by Laura Lotti

Natalie Rae graduated from London College of Fashion this year with a BA in fashion design. The designer caught my attention for her stance on the use of fur in […]

Festival Preview: Standon Calling

Midnight parties in a cowshed, frolics in a swimming pool and not a sponsor in sight, Standon Calling has a magic line-up, and even fairies to get you going in the morning. Tis true!

Written by Cari Steel

Illustration by Donna McKenzie Regular readers of Amelia’s Magazine will know that we covered the Maison Martin Margiela 20 exhibition last March, visit when it showed in fashion capital Antwerp. […]