MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Ned Rice and his mother, Matilda Rice. Courtesy of Carolyn Hawkins.

Ned Rice and his mother, Matilda Rice. Courtesy of Carolyn Hawkins.

Ned Rice of Cape Broyle

Ned (Edward) Rice (1916-2002) was the son of Jim Rice and brother of Monica Rossiter. His great niece, Carolyn Hawkins provided the following information about him:

"He was famous for his love of parties and Newfoundland and Irish music. Ned enjoyed entertaining and didn't neet much encouragement to break into song. Like his sister Monica Rossiter, he loved nothing better than to take part in the local concerts. He was best known for his performance as Mr. Sheehan in Gallaghar and Sheehan (a duo that composed songs about local events). Ned's partner, Mr. Gallaghar, was performed by Joe Kelly of Cape Broyle.

In the early days of the American Base at Fort Pepperall, Ned worked as a cook in the mess hall. He was forever singing a song about those days to the beat of 'I'm a Rambler, I'm a Gambler': Well up on new Gower Street is one rotten place/ sure the Yankees would beat ya right into the face./ Well I don't give a damn now whatever they say/ sure ya can't beat the Newfies down Fort Pepperall way. Ned later spent 25 years working with the Department of Highways from St. Shotts to Petty Harbour. If Ned Rice wasn't known along the Southern Shore up to this point, he was certainly well known after it. He opened his heart and home to all who cared to come (see poemt). For several summers, Ned opened his home to summer students who were working on a local newspaper. The office of the Summer Scan was located in his front room."

He also worked with Peacock in 1951. For Leach, Ned sang "The Blue-eyed Boy," "The Drunken Captain," and "The Coaker's Dream."

"This poem was written by my sister Glenda Johns (Ned Rice's great niece). The background picture was painted by me - Carolyn Hawkins. It's Jim Rice's house which was passed on to his son Ned Rice. This poem was a tribute to all the wonderful times my sisters and I, as well as our friends, and countless friends of Ned's shared together while Ned lived here." Used with permission.

"This poem was written by my sister Glenda Johns (Ned Rice's great niece). The background picture was painted by me - Carolyn Hawkins. It's Jim Rice's house which was passed on to his son Ned Rice. This poem was a tribute to all the wonderful times my sisters and I, as well as our friends, and countless friends of Ned's shared together while Ned lived here." Used with permission.