Van Django Cool Yule

It was definitely Christmas with a Gypsy twist tonight at Blue Frog Studios in White Rock British Columbia as Van Django took to the stage. With an obvious nod to the great Django Reinhardt, Van Django took us on a wonderful Yuletide musical journey. Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels, with the wonderful L.J. Mounteney on vocals. Their Christmas CD, Cool Yule features all the favourites, including Skating, from the Charlie Brown Christmas show, It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Sleigh Ride, ‘Zat You Santa Claus and In the Bleak Midwinter — the latter in a Celtic style. Even a spiced up version of Let it Snow, as a slow Argentine tango. The night finished with the traditional Silent Night. It was a great night, and a great kickoff to the holiday season.

2 thoughts on “Van Django Cool Yule

    1. Wayne Post author

      Oh, my God, look at this! You sent that lovely message to me in December of last year, and I just saw it today!! I just haven’t been going to my blog site very often these days. I’m so sorry it’s taken this long to send a reply. You guys put on a great show! Blue Frog is trying to get up and running again. Kinda tough with the Covid regulations. But Kelly and Juanita are putting together a series of Virtual Live shows streaming on the web. Tonight was the first one, Paul Pigat doing a solo show. No studio audience, but lots of people live streaming the show into their homes. Maybe that’s the way to go for the next little while. I know Jim Byrnes is doing a show on July 4th, so we’ll see how all of this pans out! You should get in touch with Kelly and see if there are any booking opportunities?? Again, thanks for the note, hope to see you soon. Wayne.


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