Christmas is a busy time for crooner Craig Martin of Ormiston.
He will perform at both the Redland and Logan cities carols, bringing his own brand of festive cheer to both occasions.
The Redland carols will be staged at Norm Price park (Cleveland showgrounds) from 3pm to 8.15pm on Saturday, December 16 . There will be children’s activities, rides, rock climbing and face painting. The event ends with fireworks. Headlining these carols is Damien Leith.
The City of Logan Christmas Carols, is being staged from 4.30pm to 9.30pm on Friday, December 15 at the Griffith Logan campus, 68 University Drive, Meadowbrook. Martin will perform with his six-piece swing band and three backing vocalists. The carols will be headlined by Aria award winner Samantha Jade and also feature popular children’s act Paw Patrol, the 2014 The Voice kids winner Alexa Curtis and community choirs.
Hailing from England, Martin said he was thrilled when he came to Australia eight years ago that there was such a tradition of local carol singing, something he said wasn’t as strong where he came from.
“I was blown away that Australians celebrate Christmas and celebrate carols in such a brilliant way. Here I was on the sofa trying to acclimatise on a hot Christmas day watching carol shows. I had no idea it was so big in Australia,” he said.
Martin said his favourite carol was White Christmas which he prefers to sing in the traditional way.