“Our Country Forever - Hurrah”

Songs of America’s Naval Heroes

Starting with a song of the legendary John Paul Jones, “Hurrah – Our Country Forever – Hurrah,” the Pembroke Library will pay homage to America’s Naval Heroes with a concert to be held on Wednesday, May 25th.  This Memorial edition of the library’s monthly Chantey Sing will include songs of the early victories of Admiral Benbow and Captain Maynard to protect the Colonial coast against foreign enemies and pirates, naval ballads of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War, chanteys from the Mexican War, and popular songs of later conflicts, including Woody Guthrie’s rousing “The Good Ship Reuben James.” Of great local interest are “The Defense of Machias,” composed by an eye-witness to the British assault on Machias in August, 1777, and “The Hancock,” a ballad with strong ties to Pembroke, that celebrates the United States Navy’s first victory on the high seas. Other songs to be performed tell of “Old Ironsides,” the Monitor and the Merrimack, the cruise of the Jamestown, and JFK’s PT-109. The Chantey Sing is led by “From Away Downeast,” America’s Easternmost Chantey Group, with banjo, fiddle and guitar to accompany the singing. The audience invited to join in singing the rousing patriotic choruses.


The Pembroke Library, with full handicap accessibility, is located at 221 Old County Road, opposite the horse race track and fair grounds. The May 25th concert starts at 7 PM. Admission is Free. For more information call 207-726-4747 or 207-726-4745, or email seasongs@207me.com.