29 November 2009
Shirley Abicair "Sings Songs from Many Lands" LP 1964
Shirley Abicair was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1930 or perhaps 1935? Apparently she learnt zither as a young girl, and friends at university, impressed by her singing and playing, encouraged her to make a career of it. After a couple of years performing in Sydney, she decided to try the UK in about 1955. Her luck along with her talent was excellent and she went on to become a very successful entertainer in both the UK and the USA. She was also involved in children's entertainment.
She accompanies herself on her zither on two of the tracks, namely, Johnny has gone for a Soldier and Green Willow (later popularised by Steeleye Span under its most common name All around my Hat).
Giuvanne, Eddystone Light, Turtle Dove, Chiens Perdus (Little Lost Dogs), Skip To My Lou, Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier, Go Galloway, Raoul (Serenade Of The Courting Cat), Terang Bollan, Smilin' Day, Luluai, Green Willow, That's Singin' and Little Tonkinese.
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