Four Christmas songs that have a special Welsh connection

We all love a sing-along during the festive period after a sherry or two, right? So whether you’re at one of our Ruthin caravan parks, at home, or somewhere with friends and family, if you love Wales as much as we do and want to celebrate the land of the dragon and everything wonderful about it on Christmas Day then why not get everyone singing to these four songs with a special Welsh connection?A red dove hanging on a tree in one of Lyons Holidays Parks Ruthin Caravan ParksTom Jones & Cerys from Catatonia (Matthews) – Baby It’s Cold Outside (1999) We’ve kicked off the list with two of Wales’ favourite performers from across the generations. Tom and Cerys’s cover of a true festive favourite is a modern cover of the classic that does it true justice. The original was first recorded in 1949, and since then Baby It’s Cold Outside has been recorded by several artists such as Ray Charles & Betty Carter, along with Rod Stewart & Dolly Parton. Back in 1999, Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews (billed as “Cerys from Catatonia”) brought out their version, reaching number 17 UK pop charts. Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone (1985) The famous festive classic was written by Bob Heatlie and produced by fellow Welshman Dave Edmunds. Merry Christmas Everyone became the fourth UK number one single for Shakin’ Stevens, which held on to the top spot for two weeks. Did you know that this tune was originally recorded in 1984, however, it was held back a year because Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? came out that year and was a dead cert to be the Christmas number 1. Another little known fact was that Shakin’ Stevens was also asked to appear on the single, but was touring overseas so he couldn’t attend the recording. Charlotte Church – The Christmas Song (2000) Charlotte Church’s version of the most covered Christmas song of all time, The Christmas Song, was originally recorded back in 1944 by Mel Torme and Bob Wells. In the 71 years since the first recording, acts including Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer and Weezer have all had a crack at it, but with the Welsh connection and the beautifully angelic version that our very own Charlotte Church recorded in 2000, when she was just 14, we have to say we like hers best. Aled Jones – Walking in the Air (1985) Used as the main song for the family classic, the 1982 Christmas animation The Snowman, Walking in the Air made it to number 5 in the UK pop charts in the Christmas of 1985. Many people believe Jones was the one to sing the song for the animation, as he featured in the music video, however, the vocals were in fact recorded by Peter Auty, a St Paul’s Cathedral choirboy. Unfortunately for the little choir boy, Peter wasn’t actually credited for his vocals for nearly twenty years, but in 2002 he was officially attributed. For Aled though, Walking in the Air established him as a child star, and he has enjoyed a prolonged singing and TV presenting career since.

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