Shopping for a holiday album? Try Happy Holidays by violinist Thomas McGregor.
American violinist Thomas McGregor adds shine to old favorites by introducing his solo violin Christmas album. Happy Holidays is composed of 16 tracks celebrating the joy of the yuletide season. People looking for a holiday album this early should take note of this gem.
His style is upfront and robust. You hear every detail of the violin as the bow caresses each of the four strings of the instrument. My individual picks are I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, Go Tell it to the Mountain, Jingle Bells, Little Drummer Boy, We Three Kings and Frosty the Snowman.
Depending on the volume level, the album is not intrusive. But like I mentioned above, it isn’t a shy recording. The atmosphere is electric. Each track is laced with his elegant style which he owes to his Classical training.
The album artwork looks beautiful. For someone who plays a single instrument all throughout, he makes it seem like you are listening to a full band. If you are tired of over produced pop holiday albums out there where they take the soul of the season away, this one is a great alternative.
Download here: http://thomasmcgregor.bandcamp.com/album/happy-holidays