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How Darth Vadar and Indiana Jones ended up in a Nativity video ...

Christian jazz/blues/gospel group Out of the Ashes have released a new single in time for Christmas, featuring a rather unusual LEGO retelling of the Nativity story.

The Tired Donkey Song is from their third studio album Fears, Secrets & Lies, reviewed by us here.

Out of the Ashes have a strong passion to bring something fresh and zesty, with flawless production, and thought provoking challenging songwriting thanks to lead vocalist Penny Lyon. Penny and Kevin Washburn are a pioneering couple from Gloucestershire, using music as part of their Christian mission to stand for joy, peace and love.

This new offering lands just in time for Christmas with a decidedly festive feel, showcasing the Christmas story through a very quirky music video starring the likes of LEGO figures Frodo Baggins, Yoda, Indiana Jones and even Darth Vader.

Lead singer Penny Lyon said: “Our cast in the movie has been heavily influenced by the characters available in our son’s LEGO set, but, nonetheless, our aim with the song is to remind people of what Christmas is actually about. It’s so easy to lose ourselves among mince pies, presents and partying – it’s easy to forget that Jesus who is the central character at Christmas, wants to be the central character in our lives.”

Having gained support from BBC Radio 2 for the bluesy Good Place and toe-tapping Love Your Neighbour, as well as The Right Place and Blackbird, the band have clearly had a bit of a party on this most recent offering, just stopping short of throwing in the kitchen sink. There’s a lively brass section and a gospel choir, and the song has been described as ‘ridiculously catchy’.

The album also features star contributions from the likes of Paul Jones (Manfred Mann/ BBC Radio 2) on harmonica, Josh Cana (Human League) on bass, and produced by Andy Baker (Philippa Hanna).

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