CLYM EP release, Songs of Praise, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Union Chapel credit Jen Bain

Wow. After an amazing night at Union Chapel (see pic above and Sara's vlog), what better way to wrap up our touring schedule for 2014 than with a whirlwind trip to Taiwan? It was a huge honour to be the first international artists to play the beautiful new National Taichung Theatre, and an equally huge pleasure to spend some more time in Taiwan eating great food, reconnecting with friends and buying silly Secret Santa gifts. We’re now about to go into hibernation for a couple of weeks, but before we do, what’s this under the tree…?

In just THREE days – on Monday 22nd – we will be releasing CLYM, the first EP of material from our Deep End album, on iTunes. The four tracks include our original song Piper, studio and live versions of CLYM (a.k.a. Couldn't Love You More), a beautiful guest vocal from Jo Hamilton, and a remix from Ben See. Pledgers: watch your inboxes for your free copy.  Everyone else: pre-order yours now! We’re so happy to be able to share this taster of the album and we promise the rest of it isn’t far behind…

If you’re in the UK, make sure to tune into the Songs Of Praise Christmas Big Sing on BBC One on Sunday at 5.25pm. We’re joining some fantastic acts in the Royal Albert Hall to sing one of our favourite traditional carols.

Tour plans for 2015 include Istanbul in January and North America in February/March – more details on our ‘Shows’ page. And thanks to everyone who has bought tickets for our LACF show. By the time you read this the last 3 seats may have sold, but do yourselves a favour and check out all the other amazing festival concerts on sale – it’s a phenomenal line-up. 

Finally, our video for O Come, O Come Emmanuel has been doing the rounds on Facebook this week. It’s one of our very favourite seasonal arrangements, released a couple of years ago on our Yule Songs EP, so we thought we’d share it here. Merry Christmas!

The Swingles