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Thread #167755   Message #4049880
Posted By: rich-joy
01-May-20 - 11:56 PM
Thread Name: ADD: Singing in the May / Padstow May Day Song
Subject: RE: ADD: Singing in the May / Padstow May Day Song
I know this is not the same song (and it was written by Dave Webber), but it is a firm favourite amongst folkies in Oz and my friends and I in the Top End would always carouse with it around May 1st.   In the Top End it helped herald in "The Dry" season, whereas in SE Qld where I now live, this year May 1st (yesterday!) brought us an intense chill, warning of The Winter to come!

Here is a version of Dave's "May Song" (aka HAIL, THE FIRST OF MAY) by Magpie Lane, with some great pics too :

And a CV19 Mayday has been disruptive for Morris Dancing rituals everywhere (e.g. Dancing Up the Sun, at dawn on Mayday).
Here is a blog reporting the issues, from Qld, ending with a song by the lovely Nicole Murray of Cloudstreet called "Let Winter Begin" :

Down Under

PS   Joe, if this is not the correct thread, feel free to move it :)