album vver artwork for julia stoneJulia Stone describes Christmas as a series of sensations: tastes (mangoes, grandma’s pav, mince pies), smells (mangoes, pine needles, sunscreen), and – of course – sounds.

It’s those familiar, warm sonics that she calls up on Everything is Christmas, though she evokes all of the senses, plaiting them in magical and unexpected ways; Jingle Bells‘ melody is slowed to half-time while brushes on the kit recreate the sound of hooves through snow, while O Come All Ye Faithful is sped up into an absolutely gorgeous banjo jaunt.

That track also highlights the contributions of celebrated American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon, who appears across the record and whose voices provides the perfect gentle breathiness to match Julia’s trademark timbre (sorry, Angus).

“Christmas music has always been such a beautiful and nostalgic part of my life,” says Julia. “This is a record I’ve always wanted to make. It has been in me for so long. These are some of the very first songs that really got under my skin as a kid. Familiar like that favourite jumper you will never throw away.  It has been a dream of mine to make a record of my favourite Christmas songs, with my favourite people.”

Everything is Christmas is basically a list of bangers, be they trad (Away in a Manger, The First Noel) or contemporary (Last Christmas, All I Want For Christmas is You), and we highly recommend you get around them – not least because Julia is coming to see you, and she wants to hear you warble along:

Dec 16: Archie’s Creek Pub, Archie’s Creek (VIC)
Dec 20: Hubert’s, Sydney (NSW), 6pm and 8.30pm
Dec 22: Barn on the Ridge, Morton (NSW)

If you miss out on those you still get another chance in April, when Julia will appear at Great Southern Nights at the Albury Entertainment Centre (April 22).

Get all the ticketing info here, and head to JB to grab Everything is Christmas.

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Read our interview with Julia Stone all about her brilliant solo album of 2021, Sixty Summers!