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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
28-Jun-16 - 01:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Songs of Men Disguised as Women
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Songs of Men Disguised as Women
'Cadi Ha'

Among the items noted by Ruth Lewis were the words and music of a song linked to the traditional May Day celebrations of Flintshire, the 'Cadi Ha' (literally 'Summer Katie'), a custom especially popular among colliers and probably related to the morris dancing of Lancashire and Cheshire.

The central character in the celebrations was the Cadi (a man dressed either as a woman or else partly male, partly female), who would carry a ladle with which to collect money and would threaten those who were reluctant to contribute, often with a brush.

An 'English' Lady among Welsh Folk: Ruth Herbert Lewis and the Welsh Folk-Song Society

by Dr E. Wyn James, School of Welsh, Cardiff University