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Christmas in Middle-Earth (First Pressing)

"Christmas in Middle-Earth" is the musical culmination of 8 years of efforts and fandom. It started as occasional demos released online every year or so. During the quarantine of 2020, the fictional band teamed up (virtually) to turn the demos into a fully-finished, fully-polished album, with all the literal bells and whistles they could find.

Written and recorded in various apartments and home studios all over the East Coast from 2012 to 2020, the project has had extremely generous contributions from true musical virtuosos and LOTR fans alike.

Please note this is pure parody, and pure tribute to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, every single person who worked on the films, and the magnificently beautiful score written by Howard Shore.

We hope it brings you joy. ​"May It be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out."

released November 27, 2020

ALBUM CREDITS

MUSIC AND LYRICS
WRITTEN, ARRANGED, PERFORMED, SUNG, AND PRODUCED BY Brendan Dalton

ADDITIONAL LYRICS BY Evan Hall on 1, 3

RECORDED AND MIXED BY Brendan Dalton

ADDITIONAL RECORDING AND MIXING BY Mark Frankel and Rion Smith

MASTERED BY Mark Frankel at Nearfield

WITH

BRENDAN DALTON Piano, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Trumpet, Accordion, Keyboard, Percussion

AND (THANKFULLY) THE 1740 BOYS CHOIR

ALEX CURRAN Violin on 3
MARK FRANKEL Drums and Percussion on 1, 3, 5, 8, 9
ANDREW GOEBEL Vocals on 2, 13
EVAN HALL Vocals on 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 13 Guitar on 1, 3, 4, 9, 11
LARRY HEINEMANN Bass on 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10
PATRICK KAPP Electric Guitar and Organ on 1
PHILIP MAYER Percussion on 9
ASH MCNAIR Vocals on 3
RION SMITH Drums and Percussion on 2, 4, 6, 10, Bass on 2, 6

A HUGE AMOUNT OF THANKS to the following humans for their contributions in development, performance, and general support throughout the years:

Alex Curran, Evan Hall, Bill Buse, Andrew Goebel, Emory Cohen, Tom Costello, AJ Ditty, Jacob Brandt, Phil Feldman, Ash McNair, Jake Beckhard, Patrick Kapp, Jake Ahlquist, Tyler Schwartz, Kerry Gilbert, Alex Riad, Adam Roberts, Philip Mayer, Rion Smith, Larry Heinemann, Mark Frankel.

This album is lovingly dedicated to Alex Curran. Thank you for putting up with all this nonsense for so long. At long last, it is finished.

For now.

"Christmas in Middle-Earth" is the musical culmination of 8 years of efforts and fandom. It started as occasional demos released online every year or so. During the quarantine of 2020, the fictional band teamed up (virtually) to turn the demos into a fully-finished, fully-polished album, with all the literal bells and whistles they could find.

Written and recorded in various apartments and home studios all over the East Coast from 2012 to 2020, the project has had extremely generous contributions from true musical virtuosos and LOTR fans alike.

Please note this is pure parody, and pure tribute to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, every single person who worked on the films, and the magnificently beautiful score written by Howard Shore.

We hope it brings you joy. ​"May It be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out."

released November 27, 2020

ALBUM CREDITS

MUSIC AND LYRICS
WRITTEN, ARRANGED, PERFORMED, SUNG, AND PRODUCED BY Brendan Dalton

ADDITIONAL LYRICS BY Evan Hall on 1, 3

RECORDED AND MIXED BY Brendan Dalton

ADDITIONAL RECORDING AND MIXING BY Mark Frankel and Rion Smith

MASTERED BY Mark Frankel at Nearfield

WITH

BRENDAN DALTON Piano, Guitar, Lead Vocals, Trumpet, Accordion, Keyboard, Percussion

AND (THANKFULLY) THE 1740 BOYS CHOIR

ALEX CURRAN Violin on 3
MARK FRANKEL Drums and Percussion on 1, 3, 5, 8, 9
ANDREW GOEBEL Vocals on 2, 13
EVAN HALL Vocals on 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 13 Guitar on 1, 3, 4, 9, 11
LARRY HEINEMANN Bass on 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10
PATRICK KAPP Electric Guitar and Organ on 1
PHILIP MAYER Percussion on 9
ASH MCNAIR Vocals on 3
RION SMITH Drums and Percussion on 2, 4, 6, 10, Bass on 2, 6

A HUGE AMOUNT OF THANKS to the following humans for their contributions in development, performance, and general support throughout the years:

Alex Curran, Evan Hall, Bill Buse, Andrew Goebel, Emory Cohen, Tom Costello, AJ Ditty, Jacob Brandt, Phil Feldman, Ash McNair, Jake Beckhard, Patrick Kapp, Jake Ahlquist, Tyler Schwartz, Kerry Gilbert, Alex Riad, Adam Roberts, Philip Mayer, Rion Smith, Larry Heinemann, Mark Frankel.

This album is lovingly dedicated to Alex Curran. Thank you for putting up with all this nonsense for so long. At long last, it is finished.

For now.

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Christmas in Middle-Earth

Brendan Dalton & The 1740 Boys Choir
Now on sale
Oct 15 2021
$ 25.00
12” Double Black vinyl (33 rpm)
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Brendan is a New York-based actor/musician/composer from Upper Darby, PA. Aside from acting, he's written music for the stage, as well as the screen. More importantly, he's written and recorded an entire 'Lord of the Rings' Holiday Parody album: "Christmas in Middle-Earth"