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Vile Christmas

by Vile Richard

A mix of Christmas classics hung with Vile. A dash of country, Celtic and good humour, sometimes dark, sometimes bashful, always handsome. Perfect for wives and children, but better for mistresses.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Greensleeves
0:37 album only
2. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
2:13 $0.99
3. Low How a Rose 'Ere Blooming
3:15 $0.99
4. Acrophobia
4:26 $0.99
5. Stille Nacht
3:24 $0.99
6. Away in a Manger
2:59 $0.99
7. Jingle Bells
2:35 $0.99
8. Silent Night
0:44 album only
9. Greensleeves (Reprise)
2:16 album only
10. Baby It's Cold Outside
2:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered between 2002 and 2011

Original Album Artwork - Barry Yuen
Layout & Graphic Design - Mark Jubenville

All lyrics & music traditional except track #4 "Acrophobia" by Andrew Vanhorn and #10 "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Frank Loesser

A big vile thanks to all of our contributors: david lynch, catherine taddo, emily fennell, brenda bullock, jean cooper, brent schneider, ace piva, barry yuen, marc daoust, heather begg, edward moore, ashton price (Morph Productions)

Bio and Band History

Vile Richard is comprised of singer/songwriters Olaf Alders and Andrew Vanhorn, joined by a quirky collective of musical friends and neighbours. Alders and Vanhorn have been seen and heard across Eastern Canada, performing live on TV and radio from Hamilton to Halifax. Notable venues include Toronto's CityTV, ATV/CTV in Atlantic Canada and Ottawa's "The New RO". Overseas radio play includes BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris Country and Bryan Burnett's Brand New Country on BBC Scotland. The band has also written and performed music for indie film and stage productions as well as performing improvised pieces for live theatre at Second City.

Having met as Humanities students at McMaster University, Alders and Vanhorn soon started performing regularly at venues around the Hamilton, Ontario area. Vile Richard started off by releasing, "Lucky Me", a rock album which owes a great debt to Matthew Sweet, Elliot Smith and the Lemonheads. The band then toured Eastern Canada opening for Mike Trebilcock (Killjoys) in support of the album.

Next Vile Richard released "Hockey Song" to radio. The single garnered airplay on FM and AM radio in Canada. Embracing hockey mania, the boys performed their "Hockey Song" at Wayne Gretzky's in Toronto between periods of a Toronto Maple Leafs/Ottawa Senators game.

A second full album arrived as the band proudly announced the birth of their second child, How to Find and Fascinate a Mistress. The sophomore album finds the band picking up some new instruments (banjo and glockenspiel) and recording the album in their own studio. Creating the tracks in their own studio, Vanhorn and Alders have been free to experiment with a sound that blends aspects of traditional country with their own rock roots. The result is an album that is firmly stuck somewhere between folk and rock, with a distinctive Canadian sound, drawing comparisons with Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies and Great Big Sea.

And now... our very own "Vile Christmas". Enjoy!!

"...intellectually driven, quirky folk songs that can be simultaneously cute and bittersweet, fraught with literary allusion and sung with sentimentality."
Ric Taylor, VIEW Magazine, (Hamilton, ON) -- folk rock



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