Track of the Week: Bellowhead – Christmas Bells

  • December 21, 2015

Bellowhead - Christmas Bells / Jingle BellsReleased back at the end of 2013, this is a proper old-fashioned sort of Christmas single, but with the customary Bellowhead twist.

Jon Boden says: “Christmas Bells is based on the mummers play Christmas : his Pageant Play, or Mysterie of “St. George” written down by a Mr. H Slight and published in 1842. It seems perfect for Bellowhead, linking Father Christmas with the tale of St. George & the Dragon. Mummers plays were found all over England up until the Second World War and many Christmas mumming traditions carry on to this day. Jingle Bells is rather better known as a song, though what is not so well known is that it was initially written in the 1850s for American Thanksgiving day celebrations. It’s ours now though!”

Christmas Bells / Jingle Bells, the double A-side single is available now on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play, Spotify and all good digital services.