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Jimmy Rankin bringing Christmas show to Glasgow Square

Jimmy Rankin will be at Glasgow Square on Dec. 16.
Jimmy Rankin will be at Glasgow Square on Dec. 16.

In 2013, Jimmy Rankin did a full Christmas tour with 29 stops, one being a sold-out crowd at Glasgow Square Theatre in New Glasgow.

He is ready to head back out again and will be on the Glasgow Square stage on Dec. 16.

He is ready to head back out again and will be on the Glasgow Square stage on Dec. 16.

Jimmy Rankin has said The Christmas Song was the song as a child that he loved most and the reason his only Christmas album, Tinsel Town released in 2012, took so long, and is just that – his only album.

"I avoided it for my entire career for a number of reasons,” Rankin said. “One of them was because I love Christmas music and everything, but those Christmas songs have standards that people expect to hear and they’re so beautifully written by great writers. I’ve always wanted to include on my record some of my own material, especially for a Christmas record.”

What sparked his interest in doing the album was a Christmas special he did in Toronto with Canadian artists such as the Barenaked Ladies, Great Big Sea and Chantal Kreviazuk in 2011.

“They asked me to sing a Christmas song, so I got an arrangement together for a song and did it and it was a lot of fun,” explained Rankin. “I went home after that and decided I was going to do a Christmas record. I started writing for it and it was almost kind of daunting.”

Rankin said one of the challenges was putting his original material up against Christmas standards such as White Christmas, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

“I wrote four Christmas songs and I was pleasantly surprised with how well they came out, so I included them on the record,” he added. “In fact, I titled the record after one of the originals, Tinsel Town. That was the beginning for me. It was just another challenge to go out there and play that kind of music and show for people. It was a success, so here I am, back again.”

The show will not be entirely holiday music.

After releasing his 2014 album Back Road Paradise, the Mabou, Cape Breton-born-and-raised musician will be playing some of his new songs, holiday music, as well as some fan favourites.

“It was really successful (the 2013 show) and by the time they leave my show, they’re really in the spirit of the holiday season,” Rankin said. “I’m going to throw in a few fan favourites, some Rankin family tunes and then mix it in with Christmas songs. As I get closer to the holiday season, I’ll intersperse more Christmas material.”

Tickets for the Dec. 16 show are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. Show begins at 8 p.m.

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