MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Jack Swain of Calvert

John Swain was born in January of 1892. His wife Evelyn was born in April 1899. They had nine children: Maria, Aiden, Dorothy, Genevive, Peter, Ella, Alfred, Elizabeth (Betty), and Reg. John also worked with folklorist Dr. Gerald Pocius in the 1970s. In addition to songs, he performed recitations, normally during the Christmas season.

Jack provided Leach with "The Wedding at Bally Poreen," "The Banks of the Clyde," "Betsey Grey" two different songs with the name), "Finnegan's Wake" (first; second), "Mike Dwyer," "Off for Philadelphia," and "Old Newfoundland."