Festive-themed folk compilation stays just about on the right side of twee

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Various Artists - 'For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2013'

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Various Artists – ‘For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas 2013’

There will be gnashing of teeth. There will be rending of garments. And that’s just on seeing the band names. But if you only buy one festive-themed folk compilation this Christmas, make it this one. As is often the case with such records, the quality veers wildly: many songs sound like they were recorded in the hope of landing the John Lewis ad (we’re looking at you, Jessie Moncrieff & The Pollyanna Band), but there are enough flashes of oddball charm and whimsy – like Joe Innes & The Cavalcade’s ‘Santa Says “Relax”’, or the Radiophonic Workshop barminess of Emperor Yes’ ‘Time Frog 4000’ – spread across these 14 tracks to make it worth your while.

Barry Nicholson

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Record label:For Folk's Sake
Release date:01 Dec, 2013