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Thread #7123   Message #3530175
Posted By: doc.tom
25-Jun-13 - 09:40 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kentucky Babe (Buck, Geibel, 1897)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kentucky Babe (Buck, Geibel, 1897)
In a complete cultural translocation, Kentucky Babe was one of the favourite songs in the repertoire of The Skeeters (!) harmony group whose singing I grew up with in Wadebridge, Cornwall, in the 1960s. They were 'old boys' then, and occasionally sang late on a Sunday lunchtime in The Swan where Sam Treglowan, former Cornish wrestling champion, was landlord. There were several other 'minstrel' songs (Campdown Races, Blue-tail Fly, Little 'Lize, etc.) in the repertoires amidst songs we'd now refer to as English (Cornish) trad.