Original tune stars local Leavenworth musicians

LEAVENWORTH, WA - Dec. 21, 2021 - The Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth, Wash., has just released a new Christmas carol of its own and it seems to be catching on.

“Merry Christmas from Leavenworth” has garnered tens of thousands of views and heartfelt comments on social media since it was first posted last week. The production, featuring nine local Leavenworth musicians, was filmed in various iconic locations around Leavenworth, and seeks to impart a message of peace and community. Incorporating instruments ranging from the banjo to saxophone to alphorn, it’s an unusually beautiful piece of music.

A project of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce, the music video was created and produced by director Jamie Howell of Howell at the Moon Productions, with original music and lyrics from Leavenworth musician Eric Link.

“It’s hard to find a place with more Christmas spirit than Leavenworth,” said Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Troy Campbell. “And fortunately, we’re also blessed with the musical talent to back it up. There is real joy in this project and we couldn’t be more excited to share it.”

With 30,000 views on Facebook already, and thousands more on Instagram and YouTube, the sharing is going as planned.

The original song which was recorded in the Snowy Owl Theater at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth. The musicians involved all live and/or perform regularly in Leavenworth.

They are:
•Eric Link - vocals, acoustic guitar
•Beth Whitney - vocals, banjo
•Seth Garrido - vocals, saxophone
•Erin McNamee - vocals
•Corban Welter - mandolin
•Aaron Fishburn - bass
•Aaron Gibbs - percussion
•Todd Smith - piano
•Janet Mano - alphorn

Howell at the Moon Productions is known for the creation of Woody Goomsba, the sentient nutcracker character (and now Leavenworth mascot) who has garnered more than a million views online in his various commercials and music video entitled “Gitcha Goomsba Up!”

The production crew directed by Jamie Howell included Nick Dirk, director of photography; Shane Wilder, camera/drone operator; Eric Frank, sound mixing/editing; Arlene Kaufman, set decorator; and Rylan Browning, production assistant.