Sunderland Echo - - Music Scene -

heart-warm­ing show will in­voke the spirit of Christ­mas with a re-telling of the best Yule­tide ad­ven­ture of them all – Charles Dick­ens’ A Christ­mas Carol.

First pub­lished in 1843, the story is cred­ited with rein­vent­ing and rein­vig­o­rat­ing the Bri­tish Christ­mas and has been loved and re­told by ev­ery gen­er­a­tion since.

Mu­si­cians Chris Green and So­phie Matthews (GreenMatthews), with spe­cial guest Jude Rees, of Pil­grim’s Way, now present their take on the clas­sic in A Christ­mas Carol: A Folk Opera.

Us­ing new lyrics and tra­di­tional English folk tunes and a blend of voices and in­stru­ments, they bring their mu­si­cal re-telling of this sea­sonal favourite to The Cus­toms House, in South Shields, on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 13, start­ing at 7.30pm.

The first half of the two-hour show presents a blend of Vic­to­rian car­ols and mid-win­ter folk songs, paint­ing a vivid and colour­ful pic­ture of the fes­tive sea­son in Dick­ens’ time.

The sec­ond half is an hour-long ‘folk opera’ as the tale of cold-hearted miser Ebe­neezer Scrooge’s re­for­ma­tion is pre­sented en­tirely in nar­ra­tive song, us­ing brand new lyrics set to tra­di­tional English folk and carol melodies.

The show is the lat­est in a long line of sim­i­lar folk op­eras, which fuse tra­di­tional song and sto­ry­telling, such as Peter Bellamy’s The Trans­ports, Fair­port Con­ven­tion’s Bab­ba­combe Lee and Ewan

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