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Thread #10886 Message #2087624
Posted By: The Borchester Echo
26-Jun-07 - 03:41 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
Subject: RE: Origins: Katy Cruel History/Info???
I know not a lot about traditional Molly, only what the revivalist sides tell me, which is that it is an East Anglian custom associated principally with Plough Monday - which is the first Monday after 12th Night - on which the farmworkers get a bit rowdy and rampage about demanding money with menaces.
It's only once a year, penny for the ploughboy (© Colin Cater)
sort of thing.
So hopstepping to an American Civil War song (possibly derived from the 100 Years War and Mutter Courage, though that's only a personal theory) seems slightly odd.
These Minneapolitans (taking it at about half the speed of the Demon Barbers) look as if they might break into a polka any minute and their arms are, well a bit floppy. Though I suppose you Murkans will think I'm nitpicking . . .