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GUEST,John Bowden (not a typo!) Lyr/Chords ADD: Plains of Waterloo (29) RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Plains of Waterloo 01 Mar 18


It was collected by Edith Fowke from O(liver) J(ohn) Abbott in Hull, Quebec, one of 120 songs she collected from him. In 1957 Fowke appeared on a TV programme talking abut the songs she was collecting, and O. J. Abbott's daughter, Mrs. Ida Dagenais, contacted her to say her father sang some old lumbering songs from Ontario, and Fowke then spent the summer of 1957 in the Ottawa Valley recording Mr. Abbott. He's a superb singer with some very interesting songs (e.g. his version of "The Banks of Newfoundland"), and he sings "The Plains of Waterloo" in a rather more sprightly fashion than revival singers, who tend to drag it out - and also get the tune wrong, flattening notes to give it a minor feel rather than the major key O. J. Abott sings it in (and Martin Simpson's tune bears very little resemblance to the original!). There's some more information (not all of it accurate!) here: https://mainlynorfolk.info/shirley.collins/songs/plainsofwaterloo.html


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