Christmas in The Shed.

Christmas is almost here!
And when the Shed opens the Doors at 11pm Eastern on Saturday for Christmas, it will in fact already be Christmas day here in New Zealand. It will be 5pm Christmas day in New Zealand, and 4 am Christmas morning in the UK.
I love Christmas, I love the music, Christmas movies, and so much more, and I want to share some of that with you.
So please join me for a 6 hour special pre-recorded addition of Christmas in the Shed.
I’ll be talking about some of my favourite Christmas memories.

Join Jeremy Hartley for The Say it with Jazz Christmas Special

Say It With Jazz returns to Mushroom FM for a very special Holiday edition this Christmas Eve. Jeremy Hartley invites you to join him to celebrate this festive time of year with some of the finest Holiday jazz around. We'll hear from such artists as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, George Shearing, Ray Charles and many more.

This week on Come By The Hills, It's a Featureless Christmas Feast!

I know that the word "featureless" makes the show sound dull and drab, but even though we're not having our usual special features, Come By The Hills will be chalk full of Christmas cheer this week. We'll discuss some interesting Christmas traditions and of course salute them musically as well, and we'll have a lovely reading of Dylan Thomas's "A Child's Christmas in Wales," performed of course by the poet himself.

Special Christmas show replays

To paraphrase Alan Jackson, it’s 3 AM somewhere. So we always try to replay our shows at a time suitable for those who might have been sleeping when they were first heard.

We’ll be replaying the 2016 holiday countdown and Christmas party in its entirety on Christmas eve, starting at midnight Eastern, 5 AM UK.

We’ve had a huge amount of interest in our Christmas Castoffs show, where we featured three hours of songs that didn’t garner enough votes to make the top 100. We’ll replay this on Thursday afternoon at 1 PM Eastern, 6 PM in the UK.

Christmas Cast-offs, featuring some of the songs that didn't quite make the countdown

All I can say is wow. I’m still coming down from the high generated by the good cheer and great company we had during our 10 hour countdown. If you participated in any way at all, thank you so very much. The friendships rekindled and established, and the great spirit, is what Mushroom FM has always been all about.

It's a Post-countdown Celtic Extravaganza this Week on Come By The Hills!

Well actually, we'll be doing pretty much what we usually do on the show: presenting three hours of the best in Celtic music from around the world. However, I can tell you with absolute assurance that no donkies will be invading the studio. There may be a spotted cow or two, but no donkies!

We have a Christmas-themed "What's That About?" song in Gaelic, a commical and tangentially-holiday-related "Celtic Covers" segment, and of course just plenty of good Celtic and folk music from many awesome artists and bands.

Clyde McPhatter’s Atlantic solo sides from 1955-1959 this week on The Juke In The Back

Clyde McPhatter had one of the sweetest and most powerful tenor voices in all of Rhythm & Blues and early Rock n’ Roll. His issue throughout his 22 year recording career, was getting the recognition he thought he deserved. After singing memorable leads on many hit records for Billy Ward & The Dominoes, Clyde left because Billy Ward wouldn’t put his name on the records or pay him a fair share of the profits. Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records was ready to sign McPhatter and give him his own group, The Drifters.

The Paroble of the Christmas Countdown

And it came to pass that there were almost 24 hours before voting closed.

And so it was that the wise men were busy at the myrrh shop buying myrrh, which is in short supply these days. In their absence, a little blind man with a funny accent emerged from the Ether and said,

"Hark!". And because he couldn't think of anything else to say, he said, "Hark!" again, just to give himself time to think.

Hark! On the Mosen Explosion, why we're having Bread at Christmas

Hark! Yes hark at once I say! Because things are really ramping up for Christmas now. So hark! I mean man! In just two weeks, I’ll be coming to terms yet again with not getting, yet again, the present I most want, yet again, a Sonos in the bathroom. Meh.

And of course in just one week, one week from this very moment, we’ll be counting down the top 100 holiday songs as voted for by you. Have you voted yet? You’d better hurry up if not, or I’m gonna tell Santa on you. Yes, that’s what I’ll do.


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