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Old, new and in between: Myles at Glasgow Square

It’s hard to believe but here it is, the middle of November. Time to think about digging out those decorations and… leave them right where they are. There aren’t many songs about November, it just has to be said. No one talks about the November spirit and it’s rare, if ever, that families gather around and bask in the November glow and share memories of Novembers past and Novembers long ago. No one ever remembers last November and if they do it’s probably best left undiscussed.

This, in part, is the conundrum of discussing, or indeed releasing, a Christmas album in November.
David Myles, – the folky, the jazzy, the rootsy, and the secretly country-y singer songwriter – has done just that, and while he is indeed touring at the moment in support of “It’s Christmas,” do not leap to the assumption that Myles’ show on November 15 at the Glasgow Square Theatre will be a Christmas show. It will not, because, as you know, it’s only November.

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[Video] “It’s Christmas” at the NAC December 18-19

David is excited to return to the NAC in Ottawa December 18 and 19 to share songs from his new Holiday album, It’s Christmas. Singing some of his favourite Christmas standards and three new originals like “Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo,” this concert is a must see for the holidays. Get your tickets here!

CBC: David Myles makes a magical Christmas album

East Coast Music with Bob Mersereau

David Myles was full of the joy of Christmas when he and I first talked about this record. The trouble was, it was April. But that’s how much Myles likes Christmas, and how excited he was that it was going to be his next album. Myles actually planned and recorded this a full year ago, and smartly, he did it right after he finished up his annual Singing For Supper tour of New Brunswick, when he does shows in area malls, collecting thousands of dollars in each place that goes directly to local food banks. So he was already geared up for Christmas, he and the band were well-rehearsed and in the spirit, and they went straight into the studio.

It’s Christmas comes directly out of Myles’ experience raising money for food banks in that annual tour. It has become very important to him, especially since he’s started his own family. The fundraiser shows go so well in N.B., he was looking for a way to expand that concept to more cities. Now, he’s doing a big Christmas tour, with shows in Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario, in addition to the usual ones in New Brunswick. And he’ll be raising money for food banks in the other locations as well. So it’s win-win, and we get this great record.

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Metro: The gift of David Myles

David NAC

No holiday concert by David Myles is going to be predictable or ordinary.

This, after all, is the rootsy East Coast crooner with the tingling pop sense whose infectious collaboration with rapper Classified, Inner Ninja, won a Juno last year, and just happened to become Canada’s top-selling hip-hop single.

This versatility is written all over his new album, It’s Christmas, with injections of jazz, bluegrass, and whatever surprise he unwraps next. To holiday standards like Let It Snow, White Christmas and Les Cloches du Hameau, Myles adds three original songs, It’s Christmas, Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, and The Gift.

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It’s Christmas with David Myles

It’s Christmas a de tout pour tous et toutes. Que ce soit les chansons de noël favorites de David Myles comme Let It Snow, White Christmas ou Les Cloches du Hameau ou encore les 3 compositions originales – It’s Christmas, Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo et The Gift – l’auteur-compositeur-interprète originaire des Maritimes vogue allègement du bluegrass au folk en passant par le jazz et la pop.

It’s Christmas, l’album de Noël de David Myles est disponible dès maintenant et c’est le premier que j’écoute cette année. Gagnant de moult prix, celui qui a plusieurs fois parcouru le Canada d’est en ouest, s’est bâti une réputation d’entertainer hors pair avec sa façon bien particulière de nous mettre dans l’ambiance, particulièrement avec « Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo et The Gift, des pièces moins classiques, mais très efficaces.

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David Myles presents It’s Christmas

“It’s the warm firelight on a cold winter’s night, it’s the stranger that’s holding the door. It’s the generous smile, the mother and child, it is peace ringing out over war.”

With these words, David Myles sets the tone for the season – and introduces the world to a new must-have Christmas album.

It’s Christmas has something for everyone: original and classic songs in a range of styles, from foot-stomping bluegrass to crooning jazz. The record includes impeccable covers of Myles’ favourite Christmas standards including Let It Snow, White Christmas, and Les Cloches du Hameau. The addition of three original holiday songs proves his versatility as a songwriter. From poetic and heartfelt to funny and whimsical, It’s Christmas, Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, and The Gift complement the vintage feel of the album – while making it uniquely David Myles. Recorded at New Scotland Yard and produced by Joshua Van Tassel, the record features the musical talents of long-time Myles collaborators: Kyle Cunjak (bass), Alan Jeffries (guitar), and Van Tassel (drums).

The release of It’s Christmas coincides with the 5th anniversary of David Myles’ annual New Brunswick food bank fundraiser tour: Singing for Supper. Myles says, “Christmas is when we reflect on what is most important to us: family, friends, love, generosity. The tour helped remind me of the true meaning of the season. That’s what I wanted to capture in this collection of songs.” He succeeds with warmth, grace and good humour.

It’s Christmas is a reminder of everything there is to love about the holiday season. “It’s so good it’s a shame, that it can’t be the same, every day of the year.”

A portion of the proceeds for this recording will be donated to Canada’s Food Banks.

ON TOUR

3 December – Fredericton, NB – Regent Mall (Singing For Supper)
4 December – Saint John, NB – Brunswick Square (Singing For Supper)
5 December – Moncton, NB – Place Champlain (Singing For Supper)
6 December – Port Hawkesbury, NS – Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre
11 December – Québec City, QC – Théâtre Petit Champlain
12 December – St-Hyacinthe, QC – Centre des arts Juliette-Lassonde
13 December – Montréal, QC – L’Astral
15 December – London, ON – Aeolian Hall
17 December – Toronto, ON – Harbourfront Centre Theatre
18, 19 December – Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre

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