Planning a playlist for Christmas day? Looking for some classic Christmas tunes, or just sick of the usual suspects assaulting your ears in every shop? (So help me God if I hear Must Be Santa one more time I will not be responsible for my actions...)
Rocky Street Press asked 12 movers and groovers in the Central Queensland music community about their favourite Christmas songs. Whether you're looking for a familiar classic or a more out-there choice, we've got you covered.
Sophie's heading back into the studio in the new year to work on a new album, and keep an eye on her Facebook page for news of local gigs. The Rockhampton-based singer-songwriter kicks off our Chris Kringle on a classic note.
Fresh from a busy run of festivals in 2017 culminating at Yeppoon's recent Festival of Small Halls, alt country/folk artist Kate Mahood is working on her debut EP - something to look out for in 2018! She's nominated a modern Australian classic for her spot in our Christmas playlist:
One of the stars of Rockhampton Musical Union's Les Misérables, Cat's nomination rekindles a childhood memory:
What the hell, it's Christmas, let's get our Wiggle on...
Musicologist, Unisong Community Choir conductor, musical mastermind behind The Optimist, Janet has a vast musical background and nominates a fond memory as her pick for the list:
Musican, actor, singer and songwriter, Tony Belz was part of the ensemble for RMU's production of Les Mis this year, and in 2018 he's upping his musical theatre game to play Brit in Rockhampton Regional Council's production of We Will Rock You.
This year Kate has turned her own quest for wellness into a podcast and community project, Hey There Happiness, helping others learn tools and tricks to increase the joy in our lives. She also took the CQU Legend and the Locals Tour across a vast expanse of regional Queensland, bringing the joy of music to small communities. Her pick for the list is sure to bring a smile to your face, too.
Rule 34 frontman (iTunes) (Spotify) has a new side project: TJ Makes Drinks, where he documents his adventures in mixology. Follow along for new cocktail recipes twice weekly, but be warned - it might just lead to an increase in your own booze collection because some of those drinks look gooooood.
Singer/songwriter Bec Ellen is working on new material in the new year, following up from this year's sweet and sad Love Isn't Easy - the film clip for which was picked up by the Music Video Underground competition in the US.
Bundaberg-based violinist and writer, Wendy is one half of Kate & Wendy, and has two new creative projects primed for 2018: Sometimes Wendy Writes is a new home for her writing, and Winifred Bell: Tiny Writings is a monthly mailed (actual postal mail, not email!) delivery of fiction, nonfiction, journalling, and other writerly doings.
Narelle's busy wrangling singers ahead of Saturday night's carols at Tanby Gardens. When she's not spreading Christmas cheer she's teaching at Facets Music & Performing Arts Studio, or belting out big jazz sounds of her own. Her nomination is a favourite version of a song they'll be doing at the carols: