09 December: Elaine & Derek: It's Christmas

Published December 09, 2019

Children singing on popular music records: some will feel that it's very nice and sweet indeed, others will run screaming in the other direction. I may often find myself in the latter camp, but I make exceptions for acts such as Elaine & Derek and 'It's Christmas'. There is something so genuinely earnest and somehow vulnerable in their singing here, that it just tugs at my heart strings.

Hailing from Northern Ireland, the male half of this sibling act is Derek Thompson, who later gained fame as a character in a long-running BBC hospital drama series, entitled Casualty. I've never seen it, but I'm sure British Advent Calendar followers will be familiar.

Listen here. Or here.












Elaine & Derek, whose 1961 recording 'It's Christmas' tugs at my heart strings.