Christmas a Cappella

Has there ever been a better time to enjoy a cappella?  I just grabbed Pentatonix’s latest Christmas album That’s Christmas to Me.  It has already joined Straight No Chaser’s Christmas Cheer as a seasonal favorite.  The Voices Only compilations keep me going between seasons, but here are some wintry songs.

Pentatonix – White Winter Hymnal

This is a lovely song – I hadn’t realized it was a Fleet Foxes cover – and a nice change from the traditional songs.  To be honest, if I want traditional Christmas carols, I turn to John Roberts and Tony Barrand.

Straight No Chaser – Christmas Can Can

There’s nothing traditional about this one either.  The Can Can was the first song I ever heard by Straight No Chaser and remains a favorite, particularly of our kids.  Like many college vocal groups, there is a bit of ham to go with the music and it makes the song quite fun.

The Bobs – Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag

I first heard The Bob’s in the 80s and have always enjoyed their funny original 4-part songs.  This is a Christmas selection that incorporates their antics as well as their singing.

Manhattan Transfer – Jingle Bells

They’re one of the first a cappella groups I ever heard, and hooked me with their ability to sound like the jazz instruments they emulated.  Manhattan transfer remains one of the great singing groups.

David Whelan

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