Holiday music playlist on YouTube turns into ‘nice little community tradition’ for local artists

Local musicians Dan McLean Jr. and Meg Shuebrook made up this year’s playlist

Another festive music playlist made by local artists has been released on YouTube.

Title Guelves and Friends Seasonal musical project 2021 the playlist includes 25 artist videos performing all new classic and original holiday music. The playlist was released on Monday, December 18 and can be seen below:

Dan McLean Jr., who created the first playlist in 2020, said he thought this year’s playlist was even better than the last.

“I think it was easier to get people involved this year because a lot of them had already done that last year,” he said. “I watched it this year, and I thought it was better this year. People’s performances were better, video and audio was better, I think because of COVID, people got a lot improved in the use of their camera phones.”

Since the video’s release, McLean said people have been responding “very well” to the playlist and it’s being shared online by many of the musicians involved.

“It does exactly what we wanted, it’s kind of like each of us giving ourselves a holiday gift for ourselves, for each other, for our family and friends, for the community, just so everyone the world can see it,” McLean said. “You can tell from the videos that people love making them.”

This year, McLean said he offered other artists the chance to help with the playlist, and fellow Guelph musician Meg Shuebrook stepped in to help.

“I helped her with a few little things, but really, she put it all together,” McLean said of Shuebrook.

Shuebrook said her interest in helping Dan with the playlist was to hear from friends she hadn’t seen live yet during the pandemic.

“Between the two of us, we contacted over 80 musicians, so this cast a wide net for musicians in the area,” Shuebrook said. “These people are genuine, sincere people with talent and a desire to connect with others, and it’s just a beautiful project to be a part of.”

Shuebrook adds that she hopes people who use the playlist will get a sense of the talent within the community and the sense of goodwill.

“It’s a pretty eclectic mix, and it kind of represents the range of interests and intentions of musicians within this community,” said Shuebrook, who also performs a cover of the playlist called “For a Winter’s Night “.

“Everyone interprets Christmas in a different way, in a unique way. Having some traditional, having some original, having traditional rock ‘n’ roll and some from the 1600s, it’s a cool reflection of our community. diverse, our community quite diverse.

As a musician himself, McLean said many musicians missed being able to play together and hopes more will join future playlists.

“I’m really happy with it and I really hope someone else takes it every year and it keeps going,” McLean said.

“It’s a nice little community tradition, and Guelph is still small enough that we can do this stuff.”