Vance Joy shares cover of The Pogues’ ‘Fairytale of New York’

Joy called the original "one of the greatest songs."

Vance Joy has made his return today, delivering an acoustic cover of The Pogues‘ 1987 hit ‘Fairytale of New York’.

The cover marks the first new music we’ve heard from the singer – real name James Keogh – since he released his second album ‘Nation Of Two’ back in 2018.

“In the spirit of sharing this season I wanted to do this little cover for you,” Keogh shared on social media. “Fairytale of New York is one of the greatest songs.”


Watch the video of the cover below, directed by Carlos Costa and shot by Guillermo Barguñó.

Despite not releasing an album in over two years, Keogh has kept himself busy throughout 2020. ‘Fairytale of New York’ isn’t even the first cover he’s shared, having posted a brief rendition of DJ Sammy’s version of Bryan Adams‘ ‘Heaven’ back in July.

In April, he released never-before-seen footage of his ‘Nation Of Two’ world tour on YouTube, showing his “biggest performance ever” at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, filmed in September of 2018.

Later this month, he’ll appear as a panelist on the forthcoming special episode of ‘Spicks and Specks’, which will focus on the music of the 2010s. Kate Miller-Heidke will also appear as a panelist, alongside comedians Luke McGregor and Claire Hooper.