There are some songs that, for one reason or another, over the years garner an historical and cultural significance that extends way beyond the song itself. One such song is Daisy Bell by Harry Dacre (pictured left, on his bicycle), […]
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 […]
Still busy and semi-obsessed with the Protest Song workshops we’re running at Brompton Cemetery, I’ve been mulling over in my mind whether it makes any sense at all to look to music-hall for protest songs. The Music Hall was of […]
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.
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, […]
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. […]
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 […]
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.
A few more pics of Saturday’s performance, with warmest thanks to photographer Laili Kwok and to Mark Atkinson for sending.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
We now have the proof CD … and spent this afternoon preparing, photographing, and (of course) eating dishes from the Edwardian recipe book. Now we get down to writing the book.
We love this song. In fact we love it so much that María is now adding it to her repertoire. After all, “a little of what you fancy does you good”.
Radio Days Music had the pleasure and privilege of participating in the excellent commemorative event, ‘The Last Day of Peace’ at Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon on Sunday 3 August, under the auspices of Cambridgeshire County Council. As part of a full […]
Surprised and delighted to see this framed sheet music cover page at Kingston Workingmen’s Club.