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Thread #24241 Message #3929587
Posted By: GUEST,Elizabeth Hovey - A Morris dancing "lady"
07-Jun-18 - 01:16 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Dancing at Whitsun
Subject: Dancing at Whitsun
I'm grateful to all who have described their relationship to this song and the versions of lyrics.
My Morris team, all women, and in fact the oldest ongoing women's Morris team in North America, has been asked to come to a English-Style Garden's revisiting of a 1918 celebration there of the end of the Great War. (In Old Westbury, Long Island, NY on 6/23). It certainly seems no other song compares with it for fitting this occasion. And we will need a break between dances.
I only heard of Dancing at Whitsun for the first time a couple of weeks back. (It was on our american Memorial Day, which coincides with the fixed holiday that once was Whitsun.) A more startling coincidence is that our team dances primarily in the style of Ascott-Under-Wychwood, the very town that Jean Redpath identified as losing 80-90% of its male population in the war.
Although I have song in several choirs, and led a song as many as 5 times, I have never, ever had a solo, and it is looking like this performance must be one. I will be grateful for any well-wishes.
If you know someone who would be interested in this weekend honoring the end of WW1 in the greater NYC area, please pass along the details. We'll be dancing our hearts out.