You think of Victorian London, and you think of Cockney rhyming slang. Think of Victorian music-hall and you think of Cockney rhyming slang. Come to that, think of the 1964 film Mary Poppins, and you think of Cockney rhyming slang […]
There! I knew the title would grab your attention! And you’ll get a further sense, as you read on, of why we at Radio Days decided to roll back our time frame to 1870 as the first year, the Year […]
I was doing a bit of research this evening on a topic completely unrelated in any way to the subject of this blog post, but which involved my looking for the lyrics of a song I’d remembered by music-hall singer […]
Malvina Reynolds? Peggy Seeger? Rosalie Sorrels? Dory Previn? Joan Baez? Buffy Sainte-Marie? Judy Collins? Ani Difranco? Certainly some outstanding names there; but no, the most important and most influential female folk singer (and protest singer and political activist) of the […]
Protest Songs. A free 6-week workshop programme open to all who would like to sing with us, no matter what your singing experience. All the music will be taught by ear by our facilitator has wide experience in leading community […]
«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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
María today passed on to me the URL to Music Memory (http://www.musicmemory.org), a US-based project to preserve historical and traditional American and international musical sound recordings for posterity: Music Memory’s mission is to preserve audio recordings for present and future generations. […]
Off to sunny Spain for a well-deserved 10 day break from work. I’ve meanwhile rebuilt the Radio Days front end (http://radiodays.eu); and will be moving ‘Music Will Win The War’ there when I get back.
A couple of days ago, completely by chance, I discovered Mozilla’s Open Badges programme. It reminds me a little of the eFolio system I envisaged back in 2000; and is, it seems to me, just the right incentivisation for student […]
Just remembered today, while uploading screenshots of the WWI portable gramophones we used for our song recital and exhibition in December, this great video illustrating”Portable Gramophones of The Great War : Decca, Apollo, Packtrola”.