The Spitfire Sisters do Christmas

It's Here! Our first ever Christmas album! And we are so excited to share it with you. Let us know what you think.

The Spitfire Sisters do Christmas

It has long been our intention to have a Christmas release and this year we had decided in September that we were going to have a Christmas EP with 4 or 5 tracks on it, one of which was an original Christmas tune written by Louisa and Steve that was almost finished last Christmas but due to all kinds of unforeseen circumstances we ran out of time to learn it.

It was down to a fortuitous last minute gig cancellation on October 20th 2017 that we were able to expand this project from an EP to an album. The three of us, Steve, Joe and Doug had blocked out an afternoon and evening for a Spitfire performance but the moment we heard it wasn't going ahead we wanted to make the most of the opportunity and bolted straight to the doors of Vintage Keys Studio where we were able to lay down the foundations for 4 of the songs on the album. Over the next few weeks we recorded vocals and piano for as much as we were able to. We had exceeded our EP quota and were on the way to an album! Louisa had an idea of the three of us performing a solo track of our choosing on the album that none of us (apart from Steve at the helm) would hear until we had finished the album, as a sort of Secret Santa song for each other, which would bring us up to 10 tracks. 

We needed artwork for our Christmas album! See our next blog post to read more about that...

We were very pleased to work with some of our regular Spitfire musicians in the studio. We have Doug Revolta playing double bass, Joe Pickering on drums and Steve Christie in charge of recording the album at his studio and playing all manor of instruments including our studio Leutke baby grand piano named Penelope, electro vibes, ondiolone, double bass, lap guitar we could go on... Freddie Phillips, Louisa's son, sings lead vocals with us for the first time on All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. We were hoping to include a collaboration with the Tuba Libres but time and schedules sadly wouldn't allow it. If all goes to plan we will team up with them for our next album which will hopefully be released late next year. We were thrilled that we got to record Linden McKenzie's amazing trombone for Two Front Teeth and Feels Like Christmas Eve. Matthew Shenton did a fabulous job, as always, by playing in all the trumpet parts and giving us a wonderful solo on White Christmas. Ben Rouse, pro ukulele player was next in to give us a wonderful accompaniment for Mele Kalikimaka. Pamela Trodd, a member of Thornden Community Wind Band, came into the studio for the very first time and gifted us her clarinet playing for Feels Like Christmas Eve. Last but not least we had our guitarist Owen Feeney to play on our song and also provide an intimate end of the evening style rendition of What are You Doing New Years Eve? for us to sing with.

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Tessa Metcalfe

Last December we went to London (accompanied by Poppy Spitfire) for a trip to the English National Ballet to see The Nutcracker. While we were there we were lucky enough to have an exclusive appointment at Tessa Metcalfe's amazing studio and shop with Tessa herself - a dream come true for us Spitfires. 

We first met Tessa at Goodwood Revival in September 2016, and spent three months salivating over her beautiful jewellery before we got to visit her in December. You can see all her amazing creations here

Louisa went home with these beauties last December, and Hannah was recently gifted a pair. Now Anna just needs to get her hands on some to complete the trio! Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Louisa went home with these beauties last December, and Hannah was recently gifted a pair. Now Anna just needs to get her hands on some to complete the trio!

Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Tessa's unique, intricate pieces are based on myths, legends and fairytales; she casts pigeon feet and sets beautiful stones to create 'narrative jewellery'. Tessa's jewellery prompts the viewer to look closer; from far away they look like exquisite pieces, but it's when you are up close that you see the full story. 

Tessa at work.  Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Tessa at work. 

Photo Credit: Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Tessa herself is a force of nature. In December, her shop was full to the brim of jewellery in blue velvet boxes and gold ribbon waiting to be delivered to her eagerly awaiting customers all over the world. She very kindly took the time to talk us through some of her work and Louisa and Hannah both left with some Christmas presents to themselves!

Hannah's Antique Citrine and Ruby ring - truly the love of her life.  Photo Credit: Hannah Castleman

Hannah's Antique Citrine and Ruby ring - truly the love of her life. 

Photo Credit: Hannah Castleman

We're huge fans of Tessa Metcalfe and we know we'll be adding to our collection as the years go on. It's nearly Christmas again so who knows what Santa will bring. 

So hard to resist this beautiful work of art. Can you imagine being proposed to with this beast?  Photo Credit: Anna Harding

So hard to resist this beautiful work of art. Can you imagine being proposed to with this beast? 

Photo Credit: Anna Harding

We'll take one of everything, please.  Photo Credit: Anna Harding

We'll take one of everything, please. 

Photo Credit: Anna Harding

Four very happy ladies at The Nutcracker!  Photo Credit: Louisa Revolta

Four very happy ladies at The Nutcracker! 

Photo Credit: Louisa Revolta

Photo Credit: Louisa Revolta

Photo Credit: Louisa Revolta