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St. Martins

by Wes Jagoe

A poignant history of St. Martins put into folk song.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Prince Victor
5:48 $0.99
2. Wedding Cake House-Marster's Waltz
3:59 $0.99
3. King's Orange Rangers
3:12 $0.99
4. Forgotten Footsteps
2:55 $0.99
5. Lighthouse 1885
7:32 $0.99
6. The West Quaco Bully
4:03 $0.99
7. Heart Stone
2:38 $0.99
8. Keith Keough
5:13 $0.99
9. Murder in St. Martins
2:15 $0.99
10. It's a Long Way to France: Vimy
7:20 $0.99
11. St. Martins, a Shipbuilding Town
2:26 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

Liner Notes:

1) 'The Prince Victor’:
The long journey and eventual homecoming of a remnant of the golden age of shipbuilding

2) ‘Wedding Cake House-Marster's Waltz :
This house can still be seen on Main street in St. Martins. It was a gift to Louisa Moran from captain George Marsters. A lilting and romantic song about a prominent shipbuilding family in St Martins
‘Marster’s Waltz’; [instrumental]
Romance on the high street

3) ‘Kings Orange Rangers’:
A tribute to the feisty loyalist soldiers who helped settle St. Martins

4) ‘Forgotten Footsteps’:
Whose footsteps are these? Mystery on a country road; they magically appeared, then disappeared before my eyes

5) ‘Lighthouse 1885’:
A lighthouse looks out to sea at the end of lighthouse road in Quaco, St Martins. Its beam has seen much; the tragic 1885
shipwreck of the cursed ‘Arcana’

6 ) ‘The West Quaco Bully’:
No high-end poodle is safe from his smile! This goes out to our French bulldog, “Philly”

7) 'Heart Stone':
My wife and I found this rock on a beach in St. Martins on our first date. We still have it on view in our front porch

8) ‘Keith Keough’:
A song about a man of strong and somewhat flagrant(and fragrant) character; A fixture for many years in the village

9) 'Murder in St Martins’:
Crows are in residence all over St Martins; They seem to have a lot to say and Darcy is one very cheeky and clever crow

10) ‘It's a Long Way to France: "Vimy"
An homage to my grandfather, and to all veterans; this song premiered at the Sussex Legion in New Brunswick, on the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

11) 'St. Martins a Shipbuilding Town': [Instrumental]

My first engagement with Wes Jagoe was more out of curiosity than of admiration. By that, I mean no disrespect to Wes but I really didn’t know him “from Adam”.

I had heard through the grapevine that there was a singer/songwriter from the city of Saint John who had written a song about the Quaco Museum’s recent acquisition, the Prince Victor figurehead. The song was about the ship and its wreck, the ship’s iconic figurehead and our efforts to bring it back to St Martins, New Brunswick, from the UK. He had been inspired to write the Prince Victor song after being told the story by a friend who summers in St Martins and had heard him sing and play original songs at the local Farmer’s Market. “The Prince Victor” became part of his repertoire the summer of 2016.

After some amateur detective work I was able to make contact with Wes. We emailed back and forth and spoke on the phone. Wes offered to come to the museum in St Martins and perform it for us…unaccompanied. We set a date for lunch at a local restaurant with the performance scheduled to take place immediately after. Calls and invitations were made to a handful of guests, myself included.

Looking for inspiration (or divine intervention) Wes thought it would be a good idea for the group to venture into the back storage area of the museum to view the figurehead, still lying in the crate it had been shipped in from the UK. A few moments passed as we viewed the beautifully restored figurehead. We then walked back to the main exhibit area to take our seats and hear Wes’ song, “The Prince Victor”. We were not disappointed.

In the short time that I have known Wes, I have learned a couple of things about the man. He is all about family and friends. He’s the first to offer support and the shirt off his back no matter the circumstances. I’ve learned that whatever he decides to do he puts his heart and soul into it; one can certainly hear this through his voice on the CD. He wears his heart on his sleeve and what you see is what you get. He is genuine.

Once the performance at the museum had concluded, I offered Wes a tour of the Old Homestead. Eventually the tour of the family home led us to the attic, (which unbeknownst to us at the time) would result in the creation of the second song on the CD, “Wedding Cake House- Marster’s Waltz”. A second visit, and the attic was the location for a photo-op which was chosen for the cover of his CD. They were taken by his son Finley, ten years old.

Looking out upon Main Street and towards the shipyard where the Prince Victor ship had been launched I recounted the story of how the Wedding Cake house came to be and how it had been concealed until the couple had returned from their honeymoon. I could see the “wheels” turning; the songwriter in Wes was enthralled and quizzed me for more information.

Varied stories about the Village were soon transformed into ideas for songs: Disbanded members of the “King’s Orange Rangers” who were presented with land grants in Quaco after the war ended in 1783; the eerie “Forgotten Footsteps”; the poignant tale of the wreck of the American schooner Arcana in “Lighthouse 1885”; a first date to St Martins in “Heart Stone” and local celebrity “Keith Keough”, all ultimately found themselves worthy of song and inclusion on the CD.

Wes once told me “the sign of a good song is one that writes itself in no time at all”. In what appeared to be “no time”, Wes Jagoe managed to put eleven songs together for his St Martins CD, ten of which are devoted to stories about the Village and one, “It’s a Long Way to France: Vimy” dedicated to veterans.

There is no doubt in my mind that the Quaco Museum, the Village of St Martins and the Province of New Brunswick are all extremely fortunate in being so successful in our efforts to repatriate the Prince Victor figurehead. Now, the histories of the Village of St Martins and the Quaco Museum are recorded in timeless songs. And lastly, we are blessed for having met Wes through his interpretation of stories into words and music, and for being part of his journey. It's a wonderful CD; I am thrilled to have been asked by Wes to play a part in it.

Thank you Wes. I hope you sell a million copies!

Rob Moran
Author of 'Hope Restored" The Ship Prince Victor, it's Iconic Figurehead and the Maritime Heritage of St. Martins, New Brunswick.



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