BATH — The Chocolate Church Arts Center has released a compilation of traditional and original Christmas songs performed by Maine-based artists, including Schooner Fare and Lauren Crosby, among others. A link to the compilation is available at the CCAC website, and it may be streamed for free or downloaded for $10.

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The compilation includes submissions from 11 Maine artists. Folk heroes Schooner Fare contributed their original track “What Christmas Means to Me,” while rising songwriter Lauren Crosby recorded a version of a Billie Todd song titled “One Christmas Eve.” Veteran songwriter and producer Peter Gallway, who has been called “a master of free verse” in the Boston Globe, shared his song, “Christmas Roses.” And Jud Caswell, a multi-instrumentalist and winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk competition, added his own “The Long Walk Home.”

Performing traditional Christmas songs are actor and musician Scott Moreau, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” who recently performed as Johnny Cash in sold-out shows put on over the summer by CCAC, as well as Gerald Brann, “The Christmas Song,” who performs in the Elton John tribute band Yellow Brick Road. Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Heather Pierson recorded a jazzy arrangement of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and CCAC Executive Director and musician William Lederer contributed a country-soul version of “Silent Night.”

Other highlights of the compilation are “City by the Sea,” an original song from Bath-based musician Peter Macdonald Blachly, who performs as Peter Alexander; a tender original song from Wiscasset singer-songwriter Kat Logan called “Christmas in This Place”; and a reading of the classic Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” performed by actor and voice-over artist Tamara Lilly.

The Chocolate Church Arts Center hopes that the compilation can be enjoyed by patrons who, if not for the pandemic, may have attended what is usually a busy season of holiday performances. Last year’s holiday season at CCAC featured a Christmas theater show, along with concerts from the likes of acclaimed Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers, guitar great Frank Vignola and Maine’s own Don Campbell Band.

More information and a link to the CCAC Holiday Compilation can be found at the Chocolate Church Arts Center website,, or by calling 207-442-8455.

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