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Saint John

by Wes Jagoe

A poignant history of Saint John put into folk song.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Paris Crew 1867
3:48 $0.99
2. Martello (Song of the Coin) 1813
3:31 $0.99
3. Dark Wednesday 1877
5:41 $0.99
4. 109 Germain 1776
6:05 $0.99
5. Winter Port
3:28 $0.99
6. Benedict Arnold 1780
5:03 $0.99
7. Green Head Quarry 1831
2:53 $0.99
8. The Royal Tar 1836
6:45 $0.99
9. Madame La Tour 1645
3:14 $0.99
10. Golding’s Imperial 1913
4:20 $0.99
11. The Trade
4:54 $0.99
12. The Railway Philosopher
5:43 $0.99
13. New Ireland 1815
4:44 $0.99
14. Acamac Backland
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Album Notes
Track listing:
1. The Paris Crew 1867
2. Martello (Song of the Coin) 1813
3. Dark Wednesday 1877
4. 109 Germain 1776
5. Winter Port
6. Benedict Arnold 1780
7. Green Head Quarry 1831
8. The Royal Tar 1836
9. Madame La Tour 1645
10. Golding’s Imperial 1912
11. The Trade
12. The Railway Philosopher
13. New Ireland 1815
14. Acamac Bakland

Saint John Liner Notes:

1) The Paris Crew --Deadly Re-match
James Renforth: a rower from Britain who died of heart failure during a match against
Saint John's famous Paris Crew in August 1870, on the the Kennebecasis Rive
2) Martello Tower(Song Of The Coin) --A Ghost Soldier Speaks
Folks that are “Detectorists” will perhaps be familiar with the thrill of finding
a treasure in the ground beneath their feet; this song was inspired by a coin.
Dedicated to Rob and Rob Richard Jr, thanks for the coin.
3) Dark Wednesday- -“To the Gates of Hell”
A hot June day; a spark ignited and two-fifths of Saint John went up in flames. Nineteen lives
were lost; the city rose from the ashes. This song is dedicated to those brave firemen.
4) 109 Germain- - George Bennison Meets His Fate
A life of dramatic changes; rags to affluence to debtor’s gaol. His legacy is not lost, thanks to
this song and his descendents. His life has been researched and documented by one of his
descendents, Victor Bennison.
5) Winterport --A “High Booter” Looks Back
My first job in the city thirty- something years ago. A “high-booter” is someone who works on
the freight ships in Saint John harbor; essential experience for those rich in youth and poor in
6) Benedict- -His Side of the Story; No Shame in Glory
A fascinating personality; considered a traitor in American History books and
accepted into Saint John society before he returned to England to live out his days.
7) Green Head Quarry- -The White “Gold Mine”
Lime is a necessary ingredient in masonry work, medicine, whitewashing and many other uses.
The island in the Saint John River was a busy place back in the day.
8) The Royal Tar Menagerie --A Tragic Tale of a Sidewheel Steamer
The Royal Tar fire was a tragic ship fire in 1836; The passenger steamship “The Royal Tar”
caught fire and burned while transporting a circus with its animals. It was built in Saint John.
9) Madame La Tour --Valiant Marie, a Young Sacrifice
Her husband away buying armaments, alone but for a few loyal soldiers, she took
control of the fort.
10. Golding’s Legacy-- The Imperial Theatre Rises Again
The theatre opened in 1913. After the demise of Vaudeville the building fell into disrepair. In the
mid-1980s a campaign to save the theatre began. The citizens of Saint John helped raise over
$1.1 million to restore this beautiful theatre.
11) The Trade --“It Will Surely Rob Your Heart with Every Tune”
The story of a very special guitar, a gift for my Dad, who played the Martin left- handed. I did a
deal for it at Nipper’s Pub after a gig thirty-odd years ago; I recorded this album on it.
12. The Railway Philosopher- -Only in Pictures now
Inspired by my friend Malcom’s father, “Nipper” Boyce who worked on the railroad.
13) New Ireland- -Before the Loyalists
Many Irish arrived and worked the land before the Loyalist migration.
14) Acamac Backland --Instrumental

Produced by: Wes Jagoe and Mason’s Tender (Bryon Chase and Chris Daigle)
Mixed and mastered by: Hugh McMillan
Recorded at Wooden Music studio, Saint John, New Brunswick by Wes Jagoe
Graphics by: Terry Whalen
Cover Photo: Debbie Tremblay
All other photos: Wes Jagoe
Wes Jagoe: Acoustic guitars, banjo, harmonica
Sam Aucoin: Pedal steel guitar
John Belyea: Nylon string guitar
Chris Buckley: Viola
Bryon Chase: Bass guitar, background vocals, bodhran
Chris Daigle: Drums, percussion, background Vocals
Paul Healey: Bass guitar
Marilyn Inch: Whistle, bodhran
Ronnie Leblanc: Electric guitars
Hugh McMillan: Bowed cello; train whistle recorded from Perth, Ontario
Laura McNeil: Piano

Dedicated to the memories of Neely Gillcrist, Stephen Pike and Bradley Smith

I’d like to thank my wife Jeanne for her heartfelt support; and to Cody, Molly, and Finley.
Thanks and gratitude to the talented musicians on this album. Hats off to Hugh McMillan for
being my mentor and friend; Alan Gerber for his light and wisdom, thanks to Edward Augustine for support and friendship, and to
Millie Bishop for her sound advice and listening ears.



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