soundCHECK 78 – December 23rd 2010

Not all Father Christmas impersonators are good.

We’re all aware of the limply-animated imitators that fill high streets and office parties all over the land at this time of year. You know the ones I mean. Those who radiate an aura that is less suitable for a globally celebrated bringer of merriment and cheer, and more fitting of someone who’s been spiritually deadened by a charisma-sapping midlife crisis.
Some can pull off an admirable Father Christmas impression, throwing themselves into the role with inspiring gusto. But sadly, Santa Flaws is all too common.

Imagine then my dizzy joy when, the other week, amid a flurry of noisy commotion outside my house, I gently pulled back my bedroom curtains and peered out to see a Santa so convincing I would have believed him to be the real deal had it been Christmas Eve. Okay, he was being pulled by a bright red 4×4 and not Prancer and Dancer, but the authenticity was still exciting.

Lo! Santa actually looked really jolly! As he inched his way up my road he was soundtracked by the Christmas songs everyone says they hate (but secretly love) being belted out at a volume purposely intended to disturb the neighbours.

You might have seen him yourself. Because this Santa has been doing the rounds in order to raise money for the Rotary Club. It was magical; a random act by local gadabouts wanting to stoke a little community spirit; a display of guerrilla celebration by festive renegades intent on spreading Christmas cheer!

Why doesn’t that happen more often?

If like me you like to wrap up snug in arbitrary displays of festive spirit then here’s your chance to do just that. Rock ‘n’ roll Christmas cheer will be abundant at Generator’s Christmas party tonight. Of that, you can be sure. They’ll be good bands too; five of North Devon’s best taking to the stage for whirlwind 20 minute slots. You’ll see Jackdaws, Pickpockets & Skyrockets, Baltic Sirens, Chasing Lions, and Jonny : Black. There’s DJs too. And knowing Generator, they’ll be a festive surprise or two in store.

So don’t miss it. It’s on tonight (Thursday 23rd) at Inn On The Square in Barnstaple. 16+. And it only costs £4.

If that invite reaches your peepers too late, let a little free music console you. At the time of writing, North’s Devon’s Breaks Collective are offering their recent single, Great Britain, as a free download at It’s a tip-top hip-hop treat for your ear bits. Get on it.

Happy Christmas.


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