14 Miles to Boston
The distance was 14 miles or so from the Hartwell tavern in north Lincoln to Boston along the Bay or County Road in 1775. Today, a stone marker near that historic public house reflects that fact. A traveler by foot, horse or wagon in the mid-18th Century to early 19th Century might expect to encounter numerous inns and taverns with such names as Hartwell and Brooks in Lincoln; Buckman, Munroe and Bull or Viles in Lexington; Cooper, Newell, Tufts and Black Horse/Wetheby in Menotomy. Further to the west in Concord could be found establishments under the names Wright, Brown, Jones/Bigelow, Shepherd and Wesson.
These businesses were the source of good food and beverage, stimulating conversation, current news and gossip and on occasion, excellent, lively entertainment to rouse the spirit or calm the nerves. However, on the 19th of April 1775 many of these locations were hostile sites for the King’s Regulars retreating from Concord. For, instead of tunes and merriment, the air was filled with provincial musket balls and revolution!
Here recorded are melodies, ballads, children’s ditties and popular songs of the day presenting the sounds and emotions of love, war, politics, nonsense, good and evil, drinking and just simple fun. The music might have been heard in any of the public houses and military camps throughout the Boston area and New England. All of the recordings have origins in England, Ireland and/or Scotland, arriving on our shores with immigrants or refugees. May these songs stir your blood, calm your soul, soften your heart or cause a laugh as they did for many a Yankee hundreds of years ago.
We pray you draw a pint or pour a glass of spirits -- then sit back, relax and meld your being with the sounds of our past. If you are of a mind, sing, clap, dance or tap your foot. Avoid not such urges for they are the joys of freedom and liberty as we travel along the 14 miles to Boston.
"14 Miles To Boston" by Jolly Rogues
by Catherine L. Tully
Artist: Jolly Rogues
Album: "14 Miles To Boston"
Year produced: 2006
Nearly everything this band does has its basis in history. The title of the CD, for example, harkens back to the 1700's, and refers to the distance from the Hartwell tavern to Boston. The album is filled with variety--Irish and Scottish music--children's songs, ballads and more, taking one back in time to days where music was one of the best ways to relieve the stress of the day. You'll find true emotions here--sometimes sad, sometimes merry.
The band itself sounds terrific--really smooth, and although the musicianship is stellar here, the more voices on the track, the better it sounds. When they all sing together, you really get a feel of people gathering to make the best of their lives and sharing their joys and sorrows. It feels good to be transported there through song.
With wonderful, traditional songs, good sound and a healthy respect for our heritage as well as that of the Celtic ancestors who brought their music here, this band is pretty amazing. Weaving all those strands together, this CD is truly a great listen, as it speaks right to the heart.
Buy the Album: "14 Miles To Boston"
The Quiet Corner
by Robert Barry Francos
THE JOLLY ROGUES of Boston return with a new collection of olde ditties, “ 14 Miles to Boston". As with their last release, this is a mixture of British and New England music from the Revolutionary War period, and before. Again, this quintet is more a bunch of friends sitting around the living room singing the kind of music they enjoy, more than a slick, packaged group (e.g., Renaissance), which gives it a more personable feel, and in the long run is more accurate than filtered through a multi-million dollar studio. There is a lot of interesting music sounds, like “Revolutionary Tea”, “The Road to Boston”, “Martin Said to His Man”, and “Rakes of Mallow”. There are some classics here, too, like “Bonnie Charlie” and “The Fox”. An interesting listen and a bit of a music history lesson mixed in.