By The Banks of the Maine

By The Banks of the Maine

John Kennedy was born on the last day of August 1928 at Sydney Row on the edge of the great moss which once stretched from Burnquarter and Garrydoo in North Antrim, to the Loan, which lies above Cullybackey and Ahoghill, to the south.

The independent, resilient and self-sufficient nature of the people and communities that lived around the moss is well attested to, and a large part of the character of that place, and its people, is manifest in the character of John Kennedy.

So - here we have the ‘Bard of Cullybackey’ giving ‘yin last kick’. Join him in to call for One Bottle More, and stay until he drains The Bottom o’ the Punch Bowl. Here, we return to those songs learned by the hearth, the tunes picked up and perfected by the banks of the Maine, and hear them once more in the setting where they were first sung: by a hearth in the countryside of County Antrim.

  1. Four Field Lengths frae Home (Talk) (2.39)
  2. By the Banks of the Maine (Song) (3.34)
  3. One Bottle More (March) (1.38)
  4. The Soor Milk Cairt (Song) (3.28)
  5. Blue Bonnets o’er the Border (March) (1.40)
  6. The Bonny Wee Lass (Song) (3.20)
  7. Duncan Davidson (March) (1.39)
  8. Highland Mary (Song) (3.11)
  9. Sammy Patton’s Drum Talked That Tune to Me (Talk) (2.25)
  10. The Hills of Glenorchy (March) (1.39)
  11. The Mountain Stream where the Moorcocks Crow (Song) (3.01)
  12. The Bonny Maids of Ahoghill (March) (1.46)
  13. Burns’ Lament for his Hielan’ Mary (Song) (6.45)
  14. Lady Anne Montgomery (Hornpipe) (1.45)
  15. Tradition in the Highest Degree (Talk) (3.01)
  16. Amang the Whinney Knowes (Song) (2.28)
  17. Highland Whisky / Farewell tae Whisky (March) (1.46)
  18. The One Thing and the Other (Song) (3.54)
  19. The Bottom O’ The Punch Bowl (March) (1.48)

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