As Christmas Eve descends upon us, and we ready ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Heart and Soul Swing Band return for this year’s Advent calendar with their tune, ‘Love Came Down at Christmas’.
'Love Came Down at Christmas' started life as a Christina Rossetti poem from the collection, Time Flies: A Reading Diary (1885).
In 1907, after some changes to the original text, it migrated over to song becoming a much-loved hymn. Its simple yet profound message combined perfectly with the traditional Irish melody “Gartan”.
In 2021, Rev Dr Robin Hill, minister for Gladsmuir linked with Longniddry, gave it a new tune, “Cordon”, with Richard Michael adding subtle keyboard harmonies.
Robin then arranged the piece as a number for the Heart and Soul Swing Band, of which he is a long-time member.
This Willie Ewan recording of the band is accompanied by Alastair Swan’s stunning winter photography from Senja, a Norwegian island deep within the Arctic Circle.