In an age when Christmas extravaganzas are sometimes jam-packed with bombastic prog-metal instrumentals and an arsenal of non-stop laser lighting – yes, the Trans Siberian Orchestra is returning to the Times Union Center on Monday, December 26 – it’s comforting that Chris Shaw & Bridget Ball return year after year with their intimate and folksy “Mountain Snow & Mistletoe” show.
They’ve been doing it annually since 1989 at various venues around Nippertown, and it’s become a tradition. And the holiday season is all about tradition. The pair of shows that Shaw and Ball presented earlier this month marked the third year that they’ve filled the Swyer Theatre at The Egg with their joyful, homespun sounds.
In addition to ringleaders Shaw and Ball, the cast has remained the same with a trio of multi-talented musicians – John Kirk, Kevin McKrell and Brian Melick – comprising the “Mountain Snow Orchestra.”
It was quite simply a fabulous, family-friendly pageant of songs, stories and laughs that never failed to evoke the good cheer and spirit of the season.
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
NOTE: Kevin McKrell leads his own band, the McKrells, in a string of Christmas concerts this week. They’ll play a benefit concert at the First Baptist Church of Saratoga at 7pm on Wednesday (December 21). Tix are $10; $8 for children, with proceeds going to the First Baptist Church and Hospice Gateway House of Saratoga. And then they’ll head to the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs for holiday shows at 7 & 9pm on Thursday (December 22) and at 8pm on Friday (December 23). Tix are $10.