Extracts of Blagg's football blogs as he follows West Ham United and England through the usual series of near disasters.

Featuring links to the Annual Billy Blagg Advent Calendar of Christmas Songs.

Also featuring guest appearances by 'Captain Olympic'.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Day 9 - 'Fairytale of New York' - Maverick Sabre

Well, at least you can't accuse the Calendar of not being fluid and relevant. The Pogues immaculate original was the Christmas Day song on the very first list five years ago and will stand forever as a moment of genuine genius.

But I caught this Live Lounge performance on Chris Moyle's show on Radio One this morning and, driving as I was along a frosty but winter sun lit back road in the wilds of East Anglia, I found the whole experience quite ethereal and moving.

Maverick Sabre is a Hackney born rapper who moved to Ireland when he was young, resulting in his rather startling Irish brogue and odd cultural mix. Confidentally predicted as the next big thing, this performance will do his growing reputation no harm.

You can see the Live Lounge performance here - Radio 1 Live Lounge - for the next month but I'd suggest you listen to it rather than watch for the full effect.

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