Still engrossed in Betty May’s “Tiger Woman”, I’m fascinated to learn so much more about the extraordinary bohemian culture of the Edwardian era. The 1960s are remembered for the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll? the 1900s seem to me to have […]
I adore the popular songs of the beginning of the 20th century, whether English, French, or American. (There’s probably a great deal more from the rest of the world, with regard to which I must alas plead shameful ignorance.) Some […]
An unusual post for us here at Radio Days, maybe. Some weeks ago we acquired a copy, dated 1st August 2016, of Les Pages de Gloire, featuring on its cover one of our favourite music hall singers Charles Coborn performing […]
When, eighteen months back, we presented ‘The Edwardian Kitchen’ at East Sheen library, I showed a film clip of Gus Elen singing ‘Arf A Pint of Ale. This had prompted a member of our audience to ask whether it had […]
Last (for the time being) of the videos from our 21st May concert at the Museo del Romanticismo in Madrid.
Another song from our concert at the Museo del Romanticismo.
A first video from our 21st May concert at the Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid: “Riding on Top of the Car”, first performed and recorded by George Lashwood, 1905.
«There are a great number of boys employed in the various workshops on the island, and the diversions of these young gentlemen have a decided tendency to the boisterous, and lean slightly to the predatory. They are great in the […]
A close contemporary–and friend–of Charles Dickens, caricaturist and illustrator George Cruikshank (1792–1878) is also generally credited, in collaboration with his brother Robert Cruikshank (1789–1856), with the compilation of the three-volume songbook The Universal Songster; or, Museum of Mirth. The title […]
Thanks to a post in the wonderful Jane Austen’s London blog (see reference at the bottom of this page), yes, we now have a copy of Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, Or Bon-ton, […]
Walter Kino is a music-hall name I don’t come across very often. Maybe a couple of times this past year, and I can’t now even remember the context. (And though I recall reading that ‘Kino’ was not his real name, […]
1951 is a little outside our usual time frame, but as we at Radio Days are now reading and researching around the London pleasure gardens and their saloon theatres out of which, in the early middle years of the 19th […]
OK, so a title to tease your imagination. Who the heck, you’re probably wondering, is or was Catherine Crick? The journey on which we have embarked in search of the roots of music-hall was initiated by our need to prepare […]
https://archive.org/download/BellbottomGeorge/1944BellbottomGeorge.mp4 Maria and I both have a passion for George Formby. In this film, Nazi spies are out to destroy a new submarine killer, the “Firefly”, being developed by the British navy. A hapless waiter named George, after being rejected […]
So now we’re exploring a little further back in time, to the forerunners of music-hall in the saloon theatres of the pleasure gardens and smaller tea gardens, the ‘penny gaffs’, the ‘free-and-easies’, ‘catch and glee clubs’, and ‘harmonic meetings’; and in […]
Another great Radio Days concert, this time a musical ‘magic lantern’ show to an audience of around 200 people at the Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid, on the theme of travel and technological innovation in transport from around 1870 to 1901. […]
Remember the days before ‘video’? Remember the days when we went not to “the movies” but to “the pictures”? I love old films. I can get quite fanatical and nerdy about very early turn-of-the-century cinema; but films of the Thirties […]
Back down in my home town of Portsmouth earlier this week, I was remembering the folk clubs where I used to hang out in the late 60s and very early 70s. The thought came to me (and it’s so obvious […]
Radio Days had a great time today at the Geffrye Museum’s World War One day. Music-hall songs, soldiers’ songs, and me trying to explain to kids about the “King’s shilling”.
I must thank the blogger of History is Made at Night for his recent post ‘Flappers as Anarchists’ – sharp dressed radicals in Newcastle, 1914. While I knew the word ‘flapper’ had an origin and usage older than its familiar […]
We love this clip! Filmed on 7th March 1931, this Fox Movietone News Story shows scenes from a French amateur dance competition (“championat de France de danse moderne amateur”). We especially love the guys dancing solo from minute 4:00 onwards–I […]
We really pleased to be publishing a new video, this time María’s fabulous recording of the Mark Sheridan 1911 classic You Can Do A Lot Of Things At The Seaside.
Little by little, week by week, we’ve been adding new topics and new content to our education programme, with 12 topics now offered. One of the new topics has taken me joyously back to an optional course I took while […]
A few more pics of Saturday’s performance, with warmest thanks to photographer Laili Kwok and to Mark Atkinson for sending.
So here we are in Portobello Market, Saturday 30th May 2015, at the wonderful display in Tavistock Square of antique bicycles by the Veteran Cycle Club. Apposite, as María had delivered a brilliant performance of Daisy Bell just an hour […]
I’m not sure of the date of composition of this fabulous song written and composed by Charles Ridgewell and George A. Stevens, though Mark Sheridan’s original version pre-dates Stanley Kirkby’s recording by at least (I think) a couple of years. […]
After the tremendous fun and unequivocal success of yesterday’s spiffing performance for the 150th anniversary celebrations of Portobello Road Market (of which more in a further blog post), I’m keener than ever on getting an absolutely authentic late Victorian men’s […]
I’m always fascinated at the way that songs can seem to take on a life of their own, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, as they pass from generation to generation. P.J. Proby’s 1964 recording of Hold […]
Mention the song Singin’ in the Rain to most people and it will bring to mind the 1952 film of the same name directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, and starring Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds. A lot […]
I admit it–I’m a huge fan of Marie Lloyd. A kind of real-life Betty Boop in some ways, she was by far the greatest and most charismatic singer of her era. A few days ago, Radio Days performed an online […]