1974 NFB Andrew Huggett Family

1974

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CONCERTS & EVENTS

February - Record renaissance album with George Martin, Air Studios, London

March - Record new single with George Martin, Air Studios, London
April - Return to Canada
April/May - Concerts in GaltCoburg, Guelph Spring Festival and Kingston
August - Charlottetown Festival, Prince Edward Island, NAC, Ottawa
October - Seneca College, CBC Halifax Music Festival
November - Record Christmas EP, with George Martin, Air Studios, London

Behind the scene, there were always music lessons, one of the factors contributing to the ever-increasing musical scope of the Huggett Family. Andrew Huggett Family

Behind the scenes, there was always daily schooling from the correspondence division of the Ontario Ministry of Education and music lessons which facilitated the growing musical scope of the Huggett Family.

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Leslie, Rauschfiffer, Margaret, Andrew, Jennifer, krumhorns.  Ian and Fiona, percussion.

LISTEN WHILE YOU BROWSE

One of the attractions of a Huggett Family show was the ease with which all family members switched between various musical instruments. In truth, this apparent ease resulted from many hours of focused practice. Each family member had a specific main instrument they pursued to the highest professional standard - Fiona and Ian the violin, Jennifer the cello, Andrew the lute, Margaret the harpsichord, Leslie the viola da gamba. At the same time, everyone worked to attain competency on all of the other instruments. The rauschfiffer and krumhorns in this piece were variants of the middle eastern shawm, brought back to Europe by returning crusaders during the holy wars. They are a renaissance curiosity and always a crowd pleaser.

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Some of the instruments played by the Huggett Family

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A RENNAISANCE DELIGHT

One of the challenges for many music groups is how to follow up on their first record album. Typically, a group's first effort contains their best-written and live-tested material created over several years before recording. When a first album is a success, it is not unusual for a record company to expect the 2nd album immediately within the year. The Huggett's first album of folk songs hadn't sold millions, but it was successful enough that George Martin and Air Studios were eager to make a 2nd. The big question was what to put on it. Leslie, who'd written many of the lyrics for the first album, hadn't written anything since 1970. (see: Europe by Freighter) Though the Huggetts still had many original songs from that time ready to go, George Martin and Leslie decided the second album would feature the best of the Huggett's renaissance side. It was a bold move that flew in the face of conventional wisdom, suggesting that it is prudent to follow a successful first album with a 2nd of similar material. Five recording days were booked in late February, and the Huggetts' second album with George Martin was released later in the year.

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George Martin was an accomplished musician and composer on the piano and modern oboe. Here he poses with the Huggetts playing the Ranket, a renaissance double-reed instrument of the oboe/bassoon family.

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In the early 70s, the harpsichord had become popular in film and television scores. In this capacity, it was usually played by a session pianist. Margaret studied authentic baroque performance with the preeminent teacher of the day, Trevor Pinnock. At first, George, not used to the baroque period's interpretive nuances, was somewhat bemused.

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From left to right: Chris Hirons, Concert Master, St. Martin's-in-the-Field; George Martin; Margaret Huggett; John Gray, Principal violone, St. Martin's-in-the-Field; Andrew, Jennifer, Ian, and Fiona. Guest musicians John and Chris were brought in to add extra depth to the iconic Holbourne Suite.

SIDE 1

Anon., Dit La Bourguinon

Binchois, Les Très Doulx Yeux

Obrecht, Meskin Es Hu

Vide ,Vit Encore

Ferrabosco, Pavan

Dowland, Come Again

Dowland, Lachrimae

Dowland, Hobies Galliard

SIDE 2

Holbourne, Pavan

Holbourne, Galliard

Holbourne, The Honeysuckle

Houlbourne, Night Watch

Holbourne, Galliard

Morley, t Was A Lover & His Lass

Phalese, Bransle

Attaignant, Basse Danse

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A Renaissance Delight was released in England on the Pye label

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A Renaissance Delight was released in Canada on the Daffodil label

Praetorious, Spangnoletta

Susato, Ronde

Praetorious, La Bouree

LESLIE - vocals, krumhorns, rankett, viol, recorders, and rauschpfiffe.
MARGARET - vocals, harpsichord, viol, recorders, and krumhorns.
ANDREW - vocals, baroque oboe, lute, viol, recorders, viola and percussion.
JENNIFER - Vocals, cello, gamba, recorders, krumhorns, and percussion.
IAN - vocals, violin, recorders, viol, percussion and krumhorns.
FIONA - vocals, recorders, violin, viol, krumhorn and percussion.

Andrew Huggett Family A straight shooter and man of absolute integrity, Daffodil Records president and record producer, Frank Davies, went on to become one of Canada's most successful music publishers

A straight shooter and man of absolute integrity, Daffodil Records president and record producer Frank Davies represent the Huggetts records in Canada. Frank became one of Canada's most successful music publishers and produced Tom Cochrane, Crowbar, A Foot In Coldwater, the King Biscuit Boy, and Klaatu, and created the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Andrew Huggett Family In Canada, the Huggett's records were handled by Love Productions and distributed on the Daffodil label. 
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Letter from Frank Davies to George Martin upon receiving the tapes of A Renaissance Delight.

EVERY MOMENT SPENT WITHOUT YOU

Following the Renaissance Delight's completion, the Huggetts returned to the studio one last time in the spring to record a new pop single, Every Moment Spent Without You, which featured Andrew on guitar and vocals and included a guest appearance by the Gabrieli String Quartet.

Every Moment Spent Without You   A. Huggett

Andrew vocals and guitar; Margaret, Jennifer, Ian and Fiona, vocals.

Andrew Huggett Family Andrew Huggett with the Gabrieli String Quartet at Air Studios  spring 1974.

Andrew Huggett with the Gabrieli String Quartet at Air Studios  spring 1974.

THE STREETS OF LONDON

In July 1975, this beautiful song by Ralph McTell was recorded by the Huggetts in Toronto, Canada. It was produced by Juno award winner Frank Davies, president of the Huggett's Canadian record distributor, Daffodil Records.

The Streets of London  Ralph McTell

Andrew vocals and guitars; Margaret harpsichord, Leslie and Ian recorders, Jennifer cello, Fiona glockenspiel.

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CANADIAN CONCERTS

Andrew Huggett Family Jennifer and Andrew sing a duo during the second half of the show at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Jennifer and Andrew sing a duo during the second half of the show at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Andrew Huggett Family Margaret and Fiona's voices always complimented each other. NAC 1974
Andrew Huggett Family  The Huggetts enjoyed the added bonus of catching Anne of Green Gables when the family played the Charlottetown Festival in 1974.

The Huggetts enjoyed the added bonus of catching Anne of Green Gables when the family played the Charlottetown Festival in 1974.

Margaret and Fiona's voices always complimented each other. NAC 1974

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By 1974, the Huggetts had become an annual end-of-summer event at Ottawa's National Arts Centre, always playing opposite the Central Canada Exhibition.

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Playing at the 1974 CBC Halifax Summer Music Festival. The following day, at breakfast, the Huggetts ran into fellow Daffodil recording artists and Canadian rock band, Crowbar. Both groups had played the night before to smaller than expected crowds. Neither had realized the other was in town and agreed they probably impacted each other's box office.

Andrew Huggett Family The Huggetts share triple billing with violin superstar Yehudi Menuhin and Diva Maria Pelligrini at the Guelph Spring Festival. Performances in Guelph were followed by shows in Galt, Cobourg, and later that year, Kingston, and Sarnia.
Andrew Huggett Family The Huggett Family promote their August run at Ottawa's National Arts Center by busking at a local NAC craft fair.
Andrew Huggett Family The Huggett Family promote their August run at Ottawa's National Arts Center by busking at a local NAC craft fair.
Andrew Huggett Family The Huggett Family promote their August run at Ottawa's National Arts Center by busking at a local NAC craft fair.

The Huggett Family promote their August run at Ottawa's National Arts Center by busking at a local NAC craft fair.

Andrew Huggett Family As an opera house, movie theater, and concert hall, the site of the historic Grand Theater has been a focal point for entertainment in Kingston, Ontario, from 1879 to the present. The Huggett Family played numerous concerts in and around Kingston throughout their career.

The Huggetts share triple billing with violin superstar Yehudi Menuhin and Diva Maria Pelligrini at the Guelph Spring Festival. Performances in Guelph were followed by shows in Galt, Cobourg, and later that year, Kingston, and Sarnia.

As an opera house, movie theater, and concert hall, the site of the historic Grand Theater has been a focal point for entertainment in Kingston, Ontario, from 1879 to the present. The Huggett Family played numerous concerts in and around Kingston throughout their career.

Mon.  May 6th ,  1974

The Guelph Record

Guelph Spring Festival scores again with Huggett Family performance

By ERNIE RONNENBERG |
Special to The Record
GUELPH — 

Variety is the spice of life, and of the 1974 Guelph Spring Festival - sponsored by the Edward Johnson Music Foundation. The seventh festival, which opened April 27 with renowned violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, followed by the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Orford String Quartet in a Schubert program Friday night, scored again with the Huggett Family at War Memorial Hall, University of Guelph, Sunday.

It was a delightful afternoon of 16th-century music played on 16th-century instruments, soprano recorder, ranket, krummhorns, rauschfeiffe, virginal keyboard, the lute, viols, and others. The peculiar shapes of the wind instruments without bells differing from modern instruments held a particular visual interest.

Distinctive tonal qualities held the same auditory interest. The program itself was entertaining in its own variety, in the choice of music material, different combinations of instruments, interjections of songs and dances, and humorous comments and anecdotes by Leslie Huggett. Popular folk songs in the second half of the program included traditional works and selections by 18-year-old Andrew Huggett; sung by various members of the family. Guitar accompaniment was perhaps a bit heavy in some of the songs, probably due to the fact that this instrument was too close to the microphone. The family also won its audience with the pleasant, unsophisticated platform manner of the members and their gracious acceptance of repeated curtain calls to which the group responded with an encore, the Greensleeves theme, the only familiar melody of the program to the majority of the

audience. The group, Mr. and Mrs. Huggett and Andrew, Jennifer, Ian, and Fiona, ranging in age from 18 to 12, made its debut in 1969 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The success of that concert led to appearances in London, Paris, Greece, and New York. During the winter, the family commutes to London for appearances on radio and television. Each summer, they return to North America (their home for 16 years) to perform at a growing number of festivals. Capacity audiences heard the family at Guelph Sunday and the Galt library hall Saturday night. The Guelph Spring Festival continues Tuesday night, presenting Maureen Forrester, celebrated contralto, at War Memorial Hall.

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CHRISTMAS EP

Andrew Huggett Family In late October the Huggett Family returned to London and to AIR Studios to record a Christmas-themed EP (extended play) record with George Martin.

In late October the Huggett Family returned to London and to AIR Studios to record a Christmas-themed EP (extended play) record with George Martin.

Andrew Huggett Family In late October the Huggett Family returned to London and to AIR Studios to record a Christmas-themed EP (extended play) record with George Martin.

MISCILLANEOUS MOMENTS FROM 1974

Andrew Huggett Family On the porch of the cottage in Aylmer, Quebec.

On the porch of the cottage in Aylmer, Quebec.

Andrew Huggett Family The girls practice a 3 part 16th century madrigal..

The girls practice a 3 part 16th century madrigal..

Andrew Huggett Family Ian developed a liking for army surplus that followed him through life.

Ian developed a liking for army surplus that followed him through life.

Andrew Huggett Family Publicity shot taken in Dorset, UK.

Publicity shot taken in Dorset, UK.

Andrew Huggett Family Jennifer Huggett in 1974.

Jennifer Huggett in 1974.

Andrew Huggett Family Fiona at the Aylmer cottage.

Fiona at the Aylmer cottage.

Andrew Huggett Family Fiona temporarily abandons her violin to drive the tractor.

Fiona temporarily abandons her violin to drive the tractor.

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Intense concentration by Dad is required to tame the finiky ranket.

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Breakfast with the newspaper at home in London.

Andrew Huggett Family To this day, Jennifer remains a very fine cellist performing throughout Europe.

To this day, Jennifer remains a very fine cellist performing throughout Europe.

Andrew Huggett Family Fiona, Ian, Andrew, Margaret, Leslie, and Jennifer.  Backyard publicity shots taken with the aid of Margaret's brother Bill.

Fiona, Ian, Andrew, Margaret, Leslie, and Jennifer.  Backyard publicity shots taken with the aid of Margaret's brother Bill.