The Maine Christmas Song was inspired by Bob Elliot, one of the state's most beloved storytellers and reporters. More than 20 years ago, he was reporting on the same old Christmas songs and how tired he was of hearing them year in, year out. He contacted musician and producer Con Fullam and asked him to write a new song about Christmas in Maine and a seasonal tradition was born.
On this special edition CD, you can hear The Maine Christmas Song's original 1987 version sung by Malinda Liberty, a new version done by the internationally acclaimed Windham Chamber Singers, and a French language version by the young Fort Kent, ME, singer Melanie Dorice Saucier.
Along with the Maine classic, holiday favorites by some of Maine's finest musicians, including Grammy Award winners Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) and Paul Sullivan, will delight listeners year after year.
- The Maine Christmas Song, Windham Chamber Singers
- I Saw Three Ships, Noel Paul Stookey and Anne Dodson
- Joy to the World, Paul Sullivan
- Giving Man, Don Campbell
- O Holy Night, Dave Rowe with Phil House
- What Christmas Means to Me, Schooner Fare
- Angels We Have Heard on High, Windham Chamber Singers
- I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Dave Mallett
- Magic in Memories, Joan Kennedy and Dan Merrill
- Noel Au Maine, Melanie Dorice Saucier
- Special Bonus Track: The original Maine Christmas Song by Malinda Liberty
Christmas in Maine
Genre: CD | Holiday
Publication Date: CD 2007
Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.0 x 0.25
Shipping Weight: 0.19 lbs.
The State of Maine is a wild and wondrous world of music. These CDs are meant to celebrate that music, and the immense talent behind it, by highlighting their lives, songs and stories.
Choosing the first 26 artists for Volume One was both a privilege and a challenge as for each chosen, there are so many more equally deserving.
There are some artists on this CD from here, some "from away," and some from here who must live elsewhere to ply their trade. The one common thread between them all is their strong and abiding love for the State of Maine and her people. Their contributions to the world of music both here in Maine and throughout the world is both deep and profound and in some cases historic. A glance through their bio pages in the booklet will bring those achievements to light.
It is my conservative guess that the artists included on these CDs account for more than 200 million records sold, 25 Grammy Awards and 50 top ten hits throughout the world -- and for a state this size that's truly amazing!
And so ... listen to the tunes, read about the artists and I hope that you will agree that the Amazing Music of Mainers is wicked good.