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Merry Local Philly Christmas! (download our 12 song local music holiday sampler)

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from WXPN and The Key! The last several weeks we celebrated the holiday season by offering a twelve original seasonal songs. WXPN’s Helen Leicht asked local bands to write and record original holiday songs for the third year in a row which the bands have offered as free downloads. Thanks to all the bands for these wonderful songs. You can download the entire sampler as a .zip file here.

The 12 Days of XPN Philly Local Christmas Sampler

Find Vienna – “Christmas Is For Our Hearts”
Gillian Grassie – “When the Night Gets Long”
Summer Fiction – “Christmas Eve for Two”
Matt Santry – “The Xmas Song”
Atomic Square – “Christmas Time is here”
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown – “Coming Your Way”
Angel Band – “I Want A Present”
JD Malone & the Experts – “Best Day Of The Year”
Kingsfoil – “The Valley, A Christmas Song”
John Flynn – “Christmas Balls”
Ben Smith – “I Got A New Tattoo For Christmas”
Ali Hoffman – “Evergreen”

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XPN’s 12 Days Of Local Christmas: Angel Band’s “I Want A Present”

Angel Band’s all-out stage presence, bluesy Americana, superb back-up band, and vocals (led by lyricist Nancy Josephson and featuring fellow Angels Kathleen Weber and Aly Paige) continually move audiences. Initially performing as opening act and backup singers for Josephson’s husband—world-class roots musician David Bromberg—at Bonnaroo, Merlefest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival and other high profile events, Angel Band has moved up to playing prestigious concert venues on their own. Voted one of the Top 10 Favorite Bands at Bonnaroo, Angel Band are clearly a group on the ascent. Their song “I Want A Present” is available below for download; more information can be found on the band’s website, including details about their show January 21st at the Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville. PA. —Nick Bookbinder

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Listen to Angel Band’s Free At Noon performance at World Cafe Live

From NPR Music:

A veteran of 1970s bluegrass bands such as Buffalo Gals, Nancy Josephson later let music fall by the wayside in favor of a successful career as a visual artist. But in 2006, her husband David Bromberg convinced her to jam with him and some friends — and Josephson was, once again, hooked by the music. She began the folk group Angel Band, which released its first album With Roots & Wings in 2007. Along with Kathleen Weber and Aly Paige, Josephson has wooed fans with her careful attention to three-part harmonies, citing gospel and traditional spiritual music as influences.

Josephson and multi-instrumentalist Marc Moss wrote and composed most of the songs on Angel Band’s latest release, Shoot the Moon, and brought the group to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia for an afternoon performance.

You can listen to the entire performance here.