I first did a Christmas show with John Shortis and Moya Simpson at the Street Theatre in 2003. They already had a bit, routinely called Clever Carols, that involved making familiar Christmas carols work in counter-melodic ways with other songs. I thought it was fab, and set about making what contrapuntal contributions I could.
In 2005, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, we did a John Lennon version of the carols, and this year (the 30th anniversary), we reprised it.
So here it is, raw and live, recorded nearly two Sundays ago:
The combinations are as follows:
Imagine/Away in a Manger,
This Boy/The Christmas Song/Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,
Winter Wonderland/I Am the Walrus/Yellow Submarine/Being for the Benefit of Mister Kite,
I Saw Three Ships/Joy to the World/Norwegian Wood/Working Class Hero,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Give Peace a Chance,
Jealous Guy/O Little Town of Bethlehem,
Happy Xmas (War is Over)/Jingle Bells
Me – piano/vocals, John – guitar/vocals, Moya – vocals