Last year Skydiggers released an EP of Christmas music entitled Angels as part of their 25th anniversary celebration. This year they have expanded that collection into a full LP of holiday songs which were released on November 18. The album combines both traditional and popular songs that are joyous and at times melancholy. Adding to the five tracks released in 2013, the album now includes a John Jacob Niles’ arrangement of “I Wonder As I Wander”, traditional British carol “The Holly And The Ivy”, and “Minuit Chretiens”, the Placide Cappeau poem known in English as “O Holy Night”. The set also includes a heartfelt acoustic version of “Where’s My Baby, Tonight?” as well as a new original “Remember Me”. Rounding out the LP is a special hidden track by Will Oldham featuring Peter Cash called “I See A Darkness”.
“In expanding the Angels Christmas EP into a full length album we realized that the most moving moments of the season are more than just expressions of glad tidings and comfort and joy,” says Skydigger Andy Maize. “That there are moments of melancholy, regret and truth that are in their own way as much a part of the Christmas experience as any joyous carol. And that Angels are with us throughout the year, and that with their guidance we are free to celebrate our quieter, more personal moments as well.”
A portion of the sales from Angels will be donated to The Unison Benevolent Fund. More details can be found at unisonfund.ca.