Months ahead of the arrival of their forthcoming album Overground, UK 7-piece Americana outfit Police Dog Hogan are releasing a Christmas single called First Christmas Alone.

Conceived and recorded between two lockdowns, First Christmas Alone tells the story of a down-on-his-luck department store Santa, obliged to spend his first Christmas without family and friends, a tale inspired in part by one band member’s humiliating experience at a professional Santa school.

All proceeds from this release will go to the homelessness charity Crisis. Every Christmas their frontline teams provide those in need with food, advice, emotional support, places to stay and help for the future. This year they will be doing so in especially difficult circumstances. A Just Giving page has also been set up by the band with the aim of raising £50,000 for Crisis this Christmas.

First Christmas Alone will be available, with an accompanying video on YouTube, via all good streaming and download platforms from Saturday 5th December.

Formed in 2009, Police Dog Hogan are a regular fixture on the UK festival circuit, having played Glastonbury, Cornbury, Cropredy, Port Eliot, Kendall Calling and the Sidmouth Folk Festival in recent years. In 2018 their song Devon Brigade was nominated for best original song at the AMA-UK Awards. Their new album Overground (spring 2021) will be their first full-length release since 2017’s Wild By The Side of the Road, the tour for which culminated in a sold out show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire.

Police Dog Hogan are:

James Studholme – vocals, guitar

Eddie Bishop – violin, mandolin.

Tim Dowling – banjo

Emily Norris – trumpet

Shahen Galichian – piano, accordion

Don Bowen – bass

Al Hamer – drums