Les Pages de Gloire: commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme

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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 […]

Maiden Lane and the Cyder Cellars

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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. […]