Ali & Theo: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
The two pure-voiced artists continue a popular seasonal tradition by duetting on a fresh take on a much-loved Christmas carol.
By Kerry Doole
Ali & Theo - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Slaight Music): The approach of Christmas means it must be time for another Al & Theo song. A seasonal duet from Toronto singers Ali Slaight and Theo Tams has become a regular holiday tradition, one eagerly awaited by lovers of classic Christmas tunes.
The pair first collaborated on a seasonal song back in 2009 with Do You Hear What I Hear, a charity single designed to benefit War Child Canada that went to #1 on the Canadian AC Chart.
A genuine vocal and personal chemistry was quickly sensed, and this has deepened over the decade that has followed. The seasonal singles they released every year were compiled on 2017's 12-song Holiday Collection.
Ths year, the pair has come up with a fresh take on a classic English carol, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, one known for its refrain - "tidings of comfort and joy." Ali & Theo trade lines, then harmonise sweetly. The production features backing vocals and a hint of sleigh bells, enhancing, but never detracting from, the beauty of the two pure voices.
A must for any Christmas playlist you are compiling.
Theo Tams released a solo EP, Call The Doctor, last year, while Ali Slaight is kept busy in her role as Talent Development Coordinator at Slaight Music.