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St. John's duo Fortunate Ones release new song and video for Christmas

Folk and pop duo Fortunate Ones, made up of Catherine Allan and Andrew James O'Brien, have released a new song and music video for the holidays.
Fortunate Ones have released a new Christmas song and video, Come On! Lets' Boogey to the Elf Dance! (Twitter)

St. John's folk-pop duo Fortunate Ones has embraced the holiday spirit with a jovial new Christmas song and video.

Catherine Allan and Andrew James O'Brien recently shared their song for the season, Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!

The song is a cover, originally written by American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens and appearing on his sprawling holiday box set, 2006's Songs for Christmas.

Allan said the song was an opportunity to perform the music of an artist who was an inspiration to her.  

"He's an artist that I've admired for a really long time, some of his songs were the first songs I ever learned on guitar," she said. 

The video that accompanies the song features clips of a number of Atlantic Canadian musicians, entertainers, and media personalities — including CBC's Tom Power, Mark Critch and the entire staff of the CBC's Corner Brook office. 

Fortunate Ones also created a holiday poster to promote both the new song and a series of Christmas concerts and enlisted the help of Halifax visual artist and singer-songwriter Meaghan Smith.

'Christmas fanatics'

"We wanted to do a holiday-themed poster with serious facial expressions, but really jokey, whimsical sweaters," O'Brien said. 

The "whimsical" sweaters feature unicorns, dinosaurs and accordions. Allan and O'Brien are joined by their cat wearing a red Santa hat. 

Fortunate Ones played three successful Christmas shows in St. John's on Dec. 10, 11 and 12, before heading to Corner Brook for a performance on Dec. 17, and Toronto on Dec. 19.

"We're both Christmas fanatics, so it seemed right this year to do a couple of Christmas shows," said Allen. 

The Christmas shows come on the heels of their participation in the Juno Master Class, a week of music industry and performance training from some of Canada's top musicians and professionals in Toronto. 

"It was amazing. It was super intense. It was all filmed for a mini-series that you can get on YouTube now," Allan said. 

"We learned so much."

The duo will tour the Maritimes in the new year.

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