Daily Archives: December 16, 2012

Kate Middleton, The Princess And Her Hats With Maddy Prior & ‘All Around My Hat’

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

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Click to listen to Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span signing "All Around My Hat" while the lovely Kate swaps hats.

Click to listen to Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span signing “All Around My Hat” while the lovely Kate swaps hats.

We just got back from ‘Revels‘ at Dartmouth. Stupendous. Heart warming. Deanna was bopping and she doesn’t bop to much these days. So it had to have been good. Kids liked it. I got up, as usual, and did the ‘Lord of the Dance‘ line dance with the cast and the brave souls from the audience. Always fun. Given its Irish setting I was familiar with many of the songs. I was delighted to see that 14th song was ‘All Around My Hat‘ an old English ballad. It used to be one of my favorite songs, introduced to me by a group that I used to be fanatical about during most of my 20s: the incomparable, electric-folk ‘Steeleye Span‘. I first saw them, in London, kind of by accident, when I was about 17. I thought they were the cat’s whiskers. Over the next 12 or 13 years I followed them, making sure to see them in concert at least once a year. I am sure there were years when I saw them 3 or 4 times in one year, maybe even twice in a month. I thought that their lead singer Maddy Prior was the most amazing lady, ever. In the early 70s, while attending University in Swansea I learned to ‘cook’ (push) ISO 400 Kodachrome and expose it as ISO 1600 just to take pictures of her (many of them up her skirt because I would be standing below her while she was twirling, her trademark long skirt swirling, on stage). I think I had over 300 pictures of her. Anyway, to me, nobody can do ‘All Around My Hat‘ as well as Maddy. Period. The three gentleman who did it today did a gallant job, doing it in the traditional way. It was good, but were nowhere even close to Maddy in the 1970s — and I have heard her sing it live at least 20 times. So I went looking for Maddy on YouTube. Found this. It is the ultimate blend. Maddy’s voice with Kate’s pictures. I wanted to share ‘All Around My Hat‘ with you, and this seems like the perfect way to do it.

Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, NH: Holiday Concert, December 15, 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

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We are glad we went to this concert. It was certainly a few notches above the average for a local High School. Every year, around Christmas, I try to go to at least 2 or 3 musical events in addition to ‘Revels‘ and ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘. This means that we typically take in a High School concert (in addition to the mandatory ‘Alton Central School‘ (ACS) concert at which one or both kids perform). Usually we tend to gravitate towards Gilford given that we lived their for many a year. Yes, we have also been to Prospect Mountain.

This was our first concert at Kingswood. It was our first time in the impressive (new) ‘Arts Center‘. It is blinking beautiful! In form it is very reminiscent of the one at Prospect Mountain but it is palpably more top notch — as befits a rich town. That they started the performance with a recorded ‘Welcome’ message that thanked the Wolfeboro tax payers for this magnificent facility was cute and apropos.

Given the tragedy in Connecticut it felt strange to be going into a school! That they started with a moment of silence in honor of the poor victims was poignant and appropriate. Thank you. Well done.

The Music Director at Kingswood and the conductor at this concert was Robert Burns who we had got to know through Clearlakes Chorale. That was one of the reasons we attended Kingswood rather than Gilford or Alton. I had not realized this, because I had assumed they were from ‘Brewster’, but a couple of the other ‘kids’ that sing with Clearlakes were from Kingswood. That is great. I was pleased.

Robert appears to be very motivated and passionate. That is good. That, according to him, the Band practices together for 45 minutes each school day is amazing. Bravo.

The concert was well put together. Well paced, good mix with one carol in German. The kids came across as committed, talented and mature. One of the soloist, who appears to have received much recognition and accolades this year, was a standout. I am not an expert when it comes to music, though over the years people have told me that I appear to have a good ear ‘for what is good‘ despite having no talent, whatsoever, for music. Even I could tell, as soon as he opened his mouth, that he was special. It warmed my heart. I wish him well. I look forward to following his career. There was also a young lady whose voice I could clearly discern over the rest. She will go far too. Inspiration to my two.

All together a fun evening. I am glad I went. The stage, with some inspired lighting, looked very festive. Well done. My only surprise was the lack of folks. Yes, it is a big auditorium, but it wasn’t even 75% full. I expected it to be packed. We went early because we thought it would be standing room only. We could have got there after the concert started and still had front row seats if we wanted. Seemed incongruous. But, that is OK. For those that were there, it was a great evening.

Thank you Kingswood. Thank you Robert Burns.

P.S., Given his name, I would like Mr. Burns to do at least one song from his namesake, even if it is Auld Lang Syne.