January - Children still at school, Margaret reading everything related to early music. Leslie is taking seriously the part of manager.
May - Family together and separately perform in the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival. Ian wins the grand prize in the recorder category.
May - Family is awarded $10,000 (about 70K in 2022 dollars) Canada Council grant to study early music in the U.K.
September - National Arts Centre Studio, Ottawa. 5 performances.
October - Tour of Saskatchewan.
November - New York to Rijeka on a Yugoslavian freighter.
December - Venice to London.
December - Royal Festival Hall, South Bank, London..
CONCERTS & EVENTS
KIWANIS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Playing "Bonnie Sweet Robin" on the tenor recorder at the 1970s Kiwanis Music Festival, Ian overcomes a bungling festival-supplied accompanist who took three runs at the piece's intro. Unfazed by the other's nerves, Ian executed the piece flawlessly and was awarded an exemplary 96, the year's highest overall score in the recorder category, by adjudicator Mario Duschenes.
Ian scores a 96!
LISTEN WHILE YOU BROWSE
A. & L. Huggett
In 1970 the Huggetts took a Yugoslavian freighter to Europe. It carried 60 passengers of diverse ages and backgrounds, and the 45-day sailing allowed plenty of time for all to get acquainted. Leslie, who had a facile gift for words, was inspired to write several observational poems, which Andrew turned into songs he later arranged for the family to play.
Miami Beach is one such collaboration. On this recording produced by George Martin, the family is joined by drummer Kenny Clare who was also drummer to Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and Cleo Lane.
Leslie - lead vocal
Margaret - back-up vocals, bass krumhorn
Andrew - guitars
Jennifer - cello
Ian - harmonica
Fiona - percussion
Kenny Clare - drums
THE 1970 SASKATCHEWAN TOUR
The last four months of 1970 saw many long-term changes in the Huggett's lifestyle. Parents Leslie and Margaret quit their day jobs as community music teachers and decided to homeschool their children to free up more time for family music.
Leslie spent much of the year's first eight months in manager mode, and on September 20th, after a week of shows at the NAC in Ottawa, the Huggetts flew to Saskatchewan for a month's tour under the sponsorship of Barbara Cass-Beggs and The Saskatchewan Junior Concert Society.
On the day the family was to leave for Saskatchewan, the Huggetts were eating lunch on the back picnic table when they received a call from Air Canada saying that their flight would leave two hours earlier than scheduled. A mad dash to the airport ensued. Upon arrival, the Huggetts were informed they'd missed the plane, which was already taxiing for take-off. After a brief discussion with the check-in crew, during which Leslie may have raised his voice, the plane was ordered to return to the terminal, and the Huggetts and their 25 pieces of luggage and instruments were boarded.
When the Huggetts got off the plane in Regina, they were met by Concert organizers. Margaret remembers them looking skeptically at the group, the youngest of whom was eight, dressed in scruffy hippie attire with their instruments wrapped in cardboard and packing tape. The Huggetts wondered if they were having second thoughts about employing this young family of six for a 49-concert tour.