Song of the Week: Stanley Kirkby, You Can Do A Lot Of Things At The Seaside (1912)

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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. Anyhow, posted here as Song of the Week simply because María did such a brilliantly […]

Song of the Week: Knocked ’em in the Old Kent Road

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An unusual choice this week, prompted by my having recently bought a first edition of Albert Chevalier’s 1901 memoirs, Before I Forget. Chevalier wrote this song, with music composed by his brother Charles Ingle (born Auguste Chevalier), in 1891.  It’s testimony to the songwriting genius of the Chevalier brothers that the song still sounds as […]

Song(s) of the Week: Gus Elen and Charles Coborn

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Since I missed a ‘Song of the Week’ last week when I was busy with other things, I think you deserve a double treat this week! In the course of yesterday’s event at East Sheen Library I was sidelined into talking briefly about Music Hall and early cinema.  I mentioned that brothers Alfred and Reginald […]

Song of the Week: Jack Charman, All The Girls Are Lovely By The Seaside

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We love this song.  So much, in fact, that María has now added it to her repertoire for our ‘holidays and leisure’ theme.  Jack Charman sings All The Girls Are Lovely By The Seaside, a very popular song of the period also recorded by Mark Sheridan and by Stanley Kirkby. But I wonder how many […]

Radio Days at The Red House Museum, Christchurch

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One of our most enjoyable concerts to date, yesterday at The Red House Museum in Christchurch. An engaged and really appreciative audience, and great support and genuine enthusiasm from the museum staff. Even an opportunity to contribute to the making of the figgy pudding in the Edwardian kitchen.