The Huggett Family in Dorset 1972

The Huggett Family in Dorset, England 1972

The Andrew Huggett Family Logo

The Huggett Family were Canadian, international recording artists who performed traditional and contemporary folk songs with music from the renaissance and baroque periods during the late 1960s to early 1980s.

 

ABOUT

1969 - 1982

The Huggett Family, natives of Ottawa, Canada, consisted of parents, Margaret and Leslie, and their four children, Andrew, Jennifer, Ian, and Fiona.

 

In the 1970s, Europe and North America witnessed a growing interest in the music and instruments of the renaissance period. The Huggetts were part of this rebirth and played and sang their own unique mixture of new and old music on contemporary and ancient instruments to audiences across Canada, Europe, and the United States. They considered their shows "entertainments," a happy balance between a concert and a show, and they were equally well received by urban, rural, young, and old audiences alike. 

 

Their success can be measured by the fact that in 1981/82, their Grand Canadian Tour grossed $1.1 million in 2022 dollars, a seven-month world box office record still untouched by any similar-sized early music group to this day. 

 

This site is a chronological account of the group's 13-year career which started when the youngest were 8 and 10. It is a story that could only have happened in Canada in the 1970s. In the wake of the Sound of Music, the Partridge Family, the Osmonds, and the Jacksons, family music groups were all the rage. Folk music was considered mainstream. And Canadian provincial and federal governments were actively promoting unity by sponsoring cultural initiatives across the country, both for children and adults. 

 

The '70s was a time of realative prosperity for the arts in Canada which suffered an economic downturn in the eighties. Had the Huggett's sought the same goals then it would have undoubtedly been more difficult.  However, it would be a mistake to think that the Huggett's success didn't come without hard work and dedication. They took personal responsibility for all aspects of their enterprise. They practiced and sang for a minimum of 6 hours a day, were self-managed, drove themselves from one gig to the next, carried their own bags, made their own costumes, and researched their own shows. There were no roadies on a Huggett Famil tour.

 

The Huggett's 13-year journey is unique.

 

The Huggett Family welcomes you to this site. They appreciate your interest and hope you enjoy reading about their exploits.

This is their story.
 

Fiona Huggett in 1969 and 1982

Fiona Huggett

Jennifer Huggett in 1969 and 1982

Jennifer Huggett

Margaret  Huggett in 1969 and 1982

Margaret Huggett

Ian Huggett in 1969 and 1982

Ian Huggett

Andrew  Huggett in 1969 and 1982

Andrew Huggett

Leslie  Huggett in 1969 and 1982

Leslie Huggett

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The Huggett Family at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa 1970

 

By The Years

The Huggett Family Early years 1
The Huggett Family Early Years 2

Music lessons, New York and

a Greek Odyssey.

The Early Years

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The Huggett Family Canadian Debut 1
The Huggett Family Canadian Debut 2

Canadian Debut

The Huggett Family are the first  Ottawa artists to play Canada's National Arts Centre.

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The Huggett Family London Debut 1
The Huggett Family London Debut 2

Plus 56 Canadian shows, a research grant from the Canada Council & Europe by freighter.

London Debut

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The Huggett FamilyCBC Documentary 1
The Huggett Family CBC Documentary 2

Studies at Trinity College of Music, London. Summer spent filming in Wales

CBC Documentary

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The Huggett Family sign with Beatles producer George Martin.

UK Record Deal

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CBC Camp Fortune, Paris Debut.

British media tour to promote 1st record TV and Radio broadcasts back home.

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1974 Huggett Family Running
1974 Margaret Huggett Sewing

Plus Charlottetown, Guelph and Ottawa festivals. 

A Renaissance Delight

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Les Grands Ballets 
Romeo & Juliet

Andrew composes and the family records the score for the National Film Board production of "Aucassin and Nicolette."

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Newfoundland and British Columbia Tours. TVO Special and another week at the NAC.

The Montreal Olympics

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1977 Huggett Family CBC Christmas Special 1
1977 Huggett Family CBC Christmas Special 2

CBC TV Christmas Special

More shows in British Columbia & Ontario. Christmas show at the Shaw Festival.

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1978 Huggett Family Shaw Festival 1
1978 Huggett Family Shaw Festival 2

Tour Alberta & Quebec. Ontario Christmas Tour.  John Hopkins U., Baltimore.

Shaw Festival,
Niagara on the Lake

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1979 The Andrew Huggett Family Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan, Ontario,
AlbertaTour

More at the NAC, Shaw Festival and Les Grands Ballets. Record all renaissance album, "My Lute Awake!"

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The Andrew Huggett Family School Concerts
The Andrew Huggett Family Fiona Huggett

Relocate operations from London and Ottawa to Toronto.

Maritime and Ontario Tours.  Christmas Studio Album

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1981 The Andrew Huggett Family Jennifer Huggett Alberta
1981 The Andrew Huggett Family Northern Alberta

"A Renaissance Christmas" record album released

Grand Canada Tour, Part 1.

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1982The Andrew Huggett Family Vancouver
1982The Andrew Huggett Family Watson Lake

Grand Canada Tour, Part 2.

Vancouver to the Yukon to Montreal. The final year of activity for the family.  

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