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Newcastle’s unique Christmas musical advent calendar

Mark Wells covers Paul Kelly’s How To Make Gravy.NORWEGIAN born Novocastrian musician the Duke was struggling to feel the “Christmas vibe.”

“My mum and dad always had an advent calendar in the house for me and my brother and sister,” he said.

“I was somewhat surprised by how rare it seems here in .”

Last yearthe Duke with his friend Sam Cupitt, made a musical calendar of nine “woeful” Christmas songs for their friends and family to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas.

“As we released them sporadically during December 2014 we got a great response amongour friends and I myself felt the Christmas vibe creeping back,” the Duke said.

This year he got serious about it. He has created The Xmas Musicalendar. Everyday from December 1 until Christmas Eve a new video featuring asong “treat” appears on the calendar’s Facebook page.

Each video begins with an animation featuring the opening of a little door on a calendar painted by the Duke’s partner, Lisa. Behind the door the artist of the day is revealed and the performance of the song begins.

Many of the songs are performed by Newcastle artists the Duke has admires, has worked or knows personally. Each song has a Christmas theme.

Duke messaged friends, singers and songwriters asking them to contribute a song and 90 per cent of them say “yes.”

“As the calendar is still ongoing I will not reveal yet who is in it you have to follow the page and find out,” the Duke said.

“There is a myriad of incredibly talented people that you may or may not know about already.”

“A big part of thisfor mewas 24 different artists exposing andsharing themselves to each other’s fans thus hopefully gaining new friends and fans along the way.”

The Duke.

Duke says for so many Christmas has become an “awful stress…impersonal monster in many ways”, but this was a non-commercial way to get into the spirit of the festive season.

Follow the Duke’s Xmas Musicalendar on Facebook.

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