On Saturday, March 5th, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) played host to “From Away Downeast,” a group of Washington County musicians who are dedicated to preserving and playing traditional folk music of the region. Well known as “America’s Easternmost Sea Chantey Group,” the group altered their show to focus on songs from lumberjacks and river-drivers.
The audience sang along on several choruses, as the Grand Lake Stream School Building was filled with the sounds of “The Frozen Logger,” “The Log Driver’s Waltz,” and “The Good Old State of Maine.” Local residents were very excited to hear “The Wabash Cannonball,” written by the late guide and storyteller, George MacArthur, reflecting upon life in Grand Lake Stream. Other favorites emanating from Washington County were a version of “Lumberman’s Alphabet” from Vanceboro and “Where River Meets the Rail,” a song written about the glory days of Whitneyville.
“Singing these traditional folk songs is such an important part of preserving the local history of the Downeast Lakes region,” said DLLT Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown. “DLLT would like to thank “From Away Downeast” for performing these songs and highlighting the local traditions of storytelling and logging.”
The Downeast Lakes Land Trust regularly hosts education programs that highlight the natural and cultural history of the Downeast Lakes region. Visit our website to discover what’s happening next!