The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #86702 Message #1614166
Posted By: Willie-O
26-Nov-05 - 01:05 PM
Thread Name: happy? – Nov 26 (Maui discovered)
Subject: RE: happy? – Nov 26 (Maui discovered)
I wasn't sure from the thread title if this was about the island or the song being discovered.
I had the extraordinary good fortune to see Stan Hugill perform the year before he died, about 1990. He must have been the oldest working pony-tailed folksinger alive (I think he was 86), and certainly the saltiest. Somewhere's that weekend I recall hearing the story that Stan (who was a genuine shantyman in the fading days of commercial sail, 20's and 30's) had been at a festival, needed to think of a song to sing for a workshop, someone gave him a shot of rum, and "Rolling Down to Old Maui" popped into his head--a song neither he nor anyone else had sung for forty or fifty years.
We came that close to never hearing it. How bout that?