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Issue:- Saturday, 5 December 2015

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The Albion Christmas Band Brings the Musical Joys of Christmas to Southport

SOUTHPORT music fans can get into the Christmas spirit with the help of The Albion Christmas Band when the band visits The Atkinson on Friday, 11 December 2015, as part of its annual tour.  Like all good things in season, the 4 band members keep their goodies under wraps 'til the beginning of December 2015, to make sure their festive offerings are the freshest they can be. The band's annual foray into the musical joys of the festive season has been described by many as the perfect start to Christmas. This popular show features a mixture of seasonal carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance, enhanced by great musicianship and a wicked sense of humour. The band adds a modern twist to its arrangements of traditional tunes and showcases some newly written songs. The show is the antithesis of the 'Christmas specials' filling television screens, reminding audiences of the simpler pleasures and values of a traditional Christmas and offering them a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of festive preparations.  This year the 4 band members will share their personal favourites from their extensive back catalogue that to each of them best signify the meaning of Christmas and they are very much looking forward to their visit to Southport. Simon Nicol explains:- "We've spent many years spreading the joys of Christmas around the country and returning to many of the same venues. The Atkinson in particular feels like home to me as I have played here both with the Christmas Band and my own band Fairport Convention. We are always made to feel so welcome" The Albion Christmas Band has been kicking off the Christmas season for more than 15 years, but it was the last incarnation of the Albion Band that originally created special seasonal shows. On a suggestion from melodeon player Simon Care, a previous Albion Band member himself, the Albion Band founder Ashley 'The Guv'nor' Hutchings brought together 2 other previous Albion Band members to create an autonomous band to present a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. Joining Care and Hutchings are Simon Nicol (founder member of Fairport Convention) on acoustic guitar and vocals, Kellie While (Albion Band), acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion. The Albion Christmas Tour is at The Atkinson on Friday, 11 December 2015, from 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 / £16 concessions and are available online at theatkinson.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01704 533333. They are also available over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours.

* Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and 2% credit card charge for over the counter sales.


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