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We ended Garland 190 with two musical comedy "singletons" and we start this one with two more. Alexander Johnstone composed the operetta Fiddlers Three in 1918. A decade or two later, one T Johnstone I have not yet been able to establish whether they were related composed and also had published, another operetta, entitled Happy Go Lucky.

Idris Lewis, was, as might be deduced from his name, Welsh, active either side of the Second War. Much of his music had a Welsh flavour. Several of his songs had Welsh versions: titles included Morning Song, Meadow Flowers, Song of Exile, Song of the Plough, Loves Poem, Sweet Gwen of Aberdovey, Hope Again, Roundabouts and Swings and from a film, Fires of Fate, a number entitled Blue Nile. He wrote for musicals too, rather obscure ones with titles like Katja the Dancer and The Blue Mazurka and several movements for the light orchestral repertoire: Chinese Dance, Dance of the Daffodils, Good Ale (a Welsh jig) and Green Lanes, a Welsh round dance.

Harry Leader (1906-87), whose real name was Henry Lebys, was a bandleader for upwards of forty years before retiring to teach and continue composing and arranging. His titles included Eastern Dances and his two successive signature tunes as bandleader, Im Just Wild About Harry and Music, Maestro Please.

Two "singleton" march composers now, from half a century and more ago: Arthur Langstaffe, for his On Parade; and R. C. Leaver for Home Guards. And lastly, from the prolific 1930s, one L. Jarratt obtained quite a number of performances with his Three May Day Dances, entitled respectively Jack in the Green, May Queen and Maypole Dance.

Philip L Scowcroft

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