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Thread #1789 Message #2569259
Posted By: Surreysinger
17-Feb-09 - 12:26 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Hopping Down in Kent
Subject: RE: Hopping Down In Kent
I was lucky enough to see and hear Louie Fuller singing this at the National in the mid 90's or thereabouts. A small lady, dressed in Sunday best green, with tight little green shoes on IIRC; the session was led by Norma Waterson, who sang a song which had special memories for Louie who was dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief... and towards the end of the session she sang Hopping Down in Kent. One of the memories that I treasure from years of going to the National .... deep sigh of wistfulness!!!
Re the Maypoles to Mistletoe - it's a book that I can recommend; spiral bound so that it lies flat when you wish to use it for the music; with loads of ideas on how to produce your own version ... which reminds me that I must take my copy along to be signed by the authors (Martyn Wyndham-Read and Chris Brown) at our club on Friday!!! (It is, incidentally, still on sale via Amazon at a reduced price of £18.57 (£10 cheaper than list price) - sadly cheaper than the authors are able to manage, even with their own discount from the publishers!!!