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Oxford-born singer-songwriter Thea Gilmore made her debut album at 18 and has since blazed a fiercely independent path whilst racking up sales, acclaim and admiration from peers such as Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez and Martha Wainwright to name but a few.

Her new album, Strange Communion, is a Christmas album - but it's not your average fake-snow-and-sleigh-bells affair: it name-checks Jona Lewie and Julie Andrews, references the poetry of T S Eliot and Louis MacNiece, includes cover versions of obscure songs by Elvis Costello and Yoko Ono, and opens with an invocation to a pagan sun God.

From the choral splendour of Sol Invictus her collaboration with the award-winning Liverpool-based Sense Of Sound choir, to surely the most unlikely and riotous duet of the year - with Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe - to the ethereal beauty of Mid Winter Toast and December In New York the album is shot through with Thea's crystalline voice and famously dazzling lyrics. And in the single, That'll Be Christmas, it contains the catchiest, wittiest song about the festive season in many a long year.

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