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'Once Upon A Time In The Sand Dunes (single)'   

-  Label: 'Self Released'
-  Genre: 'Ambient' -  Release Date: '1st December 2018'

Our Rating:
If you are sick and tired of the ding-dong merrily on high banality of Christmas songs then Laura Mulcahy's unique festive offering may be just the antidote you're looking for.

True, its strong religious aspects may be anathema to many but urging listeners to "rejoice in Christ the king" is done mainly as a timely reminder that this should be the season of good will to all (wo)men.

Above all, the song's key sentiments are about finding a balance between the spiritual and the secular. For example, the call for "deliverance from avarice, all comfort to the poor and meek" is one that any decent-minded individual can readily endorse.

Mulcahy is from Ennis in Ireland and she described her recent debut album (Funeral, Home, Lizard) as "easy listening dirges for the partially hinged". Certainly, she is not making music to follow trends or with any expectation of gaining fame or fortune.

Although she describes this Christmas Carol in Olde English as a one-off, she is at pains to stress that it is not intended to be a novelty record. Her wavering, wide-ranging voice conveys enough emotion to prove she is in deadly earnest.

The accompanying Lizard Choir of Ballinspittle may sound like something out of Father Ted but the song impresses with its solemn yet inspiring mood.

Mulcahy's retelling of the traditional nativity story is eccentric but this is ultimately a highly distinctive and original piece. It may not make a believer out of you but the healing message is one that both the faithful and faithless will happily endorse.

Laura Mulcahy's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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MULCAHY, LAURA - Once Upon A Time In The Sand Dunes (single)