MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Jim O'Brien and wife Mary Margaret. Photo courtesy of Jean Dalton.

Jim O'Brien and wife Mary Margaret. Photo courtesy of Joan Dalton (niece of Mary Margaret).

Jim O'Brien of Cape Broyle

Jim O'Brien is a common name in Cape Broyle. Since the age of this singer has not been given in Leach's notes, it would be difficult to ascertain which one was Leach's informant. Carolyn Hawkins has identified him as Jim O'Brien ("hill", indicating where he lived in Cape Broyle). Born November 27, 1904, he married Mary Margaret Lahey (younger sister of Bridget Duggan). He died in 1998. From him, Leach collected "Charming Young Widow."