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Thread #89267 Message #1684749
Posted By: Scotus
03-Mar-06 - 10:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Sleepytoon / Sleepy Toon (Norman Kennedy)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: (Hiring Fair) Sleepytoon
Ake - I don't have any hard evidence, it's just that most of Jeannie's material seemed to be from a traveller background rather than the bothies or 'ferm toons'. I know that there's a certain overlap but I just can't recall her ever singing bothy ballads of that style (I heard her a fair few times back in the 1960s and have most of her recordings). But, as you say, just because she didn't sing things in public doesn't mean she didn't know them!
What I do know is that Norman (one of my personal all-time favourite singers) did hear a great many singers who WERE steeped in the bothy tradition as well as Jeannie (and he did get many songs and ballads from her).