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Thread #9631   Message #63332
Posted By: Sandy Paton
16-Mar-99 - 12:19 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Maid of Australia / Maids of Australia
Subject: RE: Maid of Australia
Sam Larner sang this one evening at the Princess Louise in London (1958). He was the great old traditional singer that contributed so much to MacColl's "Singing the Fishing." I remember the almost Music Hall style of his delivery, with many broad gestures to the audience, a delightfully stagey performance. At the point where he sang "I entered the bush of Australia," the gesture was a hilariously obscene pantomime. His audience loved it!

I'm quite sure I also heard Bert Lloyd sing it, at one time or another, so it apparently had a long and lusty life in England, even before Martyn came home.

Sandy