If you’re the sort of person who likes your Christmas music with a healthy dose of St. Paddy’s Day mixed in, this new track from Pat Chessell is for you.
The Vancouver-based Celtic pop artist and sometimes-contributor to this fine website has released a holiday single with a crack band that features fiddle great Ray Legere and whistle/flute virtuoso Geoff Kelly of Spirit of the West, the Paperboys and the Irish Rovers. We should all be so fortunate to have such musical friends at our kitchen parties!
The track is a light-hearted, up-tempo ditty with a wee bit of country twang — Ray comes from a bluegrass background after all — and, of course, the obligatory drinking references.
Also, for a dude from the West Coast, Pat does a decent job of sounding like a Newfounlander with his references to salt cod, scrunchions, screech, and seal flipper pie.
It’s not quite “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” but if you’re looking for a new Canadian Celtic Christmas song that emphasis the “party” in Christmas party, this is it.