January - Leslie creates giant posters in the home darkroom for upcoming concerts.
April - Joint charity concert for the Unitarian Service Committee with Diane Loeb and Evelyn Greenberg, Ottawa.
September - Sold Out NAC début, concert at National Arts Centre, Ottawa.
December - CJOH TV Christmas Special, Ottawa.
December - Christmas Concert, Ottawa University.
CONCERTS & EVENTS
LISTEN WHILE YOU BROWES
The popular renaissance tune, Greensleeves, often attributed to Henry VIII, but more likely, the work of that prolific composer "anonymous" was a perennial crowd-pleaser. The song comes with two sets of lyrics, Christmas and secular, and The Huggett Family sang it at every show for 13 years. Leslie found the two long "e" sounds in "Greensleeves" to be ugly, and the singers were instructed to sing it using a soft "i" sound instead. This resulted in the song forever being referred to as Grin-slivs by the kids.
This version was recorded in 1972 at the CBC Montcalm studio in Quebec.
Margaret - vocals
Jennifer - vocals
Ian - vocals
Fiona - vocals
Andrew - lute
Leslie - recorder
NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE DEBUT
1969 was the year that the Huggetts turned professional. Leslie rented the 350-seat Studio Theatre in Ottawa's newly built National Arts Centre and papered the town with homemade posters. The Sunday concert was sold out a week and a half in advance, and The Huggett Family, billed then as the Huggett Family Players, became the first Ottawa group to play the NAC.
The success of the National Arts Centre concert prompted NAC's production department to offer the Huggetts a contract to play a week of concerts under NAC sponsorship the following summer. This was the beginning of a 10-year, mutually beneficial relationship, which saw The Huggett Family play the NAC Studio and, a few years later, the larger Theatre, for ten shows every summer. While the children were young and everyone was living under one roof, this single week of work would generate enough income to pay for the entire year's travel and living expenses.