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 la Marseillaise in Trafalgar Square. Although I’ve French publications from that period, most notably a […]
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 been Gus Elen who had learned that distinctive walk from Charlie Chaplin, or Chaplin who […]
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.
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, I cannot remember what that name is). But today by chance I happened upon a […]
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 particular the song and supper rooms that offered sumptuous suppers, heavy drinking and naughty entertainment. […]