Michael Armstrong

Little Girl (Bells of Christmas) (Single)

(Independent)

There is often an interesting story behind this artist’s single releases and this seasonal offering is no exception. When Michael played at The Cavern Club up in Liverpool earlier this year, a song not heard outside one local family was discussed and now Michael has recorded it, with distinguished friends.

In 1967, the owner of Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club, and friend of The Beatles, Alf Geoghegan wrote and recorded a song for his daughter, Debbie, for Christmas. For close to half a century that song has remained unheard outside of the immediate family. Several years ago now, Debbie and her husband Nigel met singer/songwriter, Michael Armstrong and became huge fans of his music, even organising Michael’s debut album launch at The Cavern.

Last year, Debbie presented Michael with a copy of her father’s Christmas song, which Michael has now updated and recorded. The single ‘Little Girl’ (Bells of Christmas) will be released, alongside the book, and in association with The Cavern Club. Shadows fans may care to note that Brian Bennett drums on the single recording and it also features Warren Bennett!

 Here is a downloadable WAV link to song: https://goo.gl/S1nJVt

How does it sound? After a gentle intro an acoustic guitar blend ushers in a vocal that as regards phrasing could be classic early 60’s Cliff Richard. Gently tremelo’d setting electric guitars make the toes tap, the drumming is crisp but fitting and a nightclub sax solo by the great Ed Barker captures that by-the-fireside vibe as the strings coast along. You half expect Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree to start up next. Warm nostalgia served up with vintage style.

Pete Sargeant

(Many thanks to Michael, Lisa and Sam for help with this review)



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Michael Armstrong’s Christmas single ‘Little Girl (Bells of Christmas) is released on Friday 2nd December 2016.

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