Turning the world upside down … in 1891
What a happy find today! In our recent workshop on political songs of the seventeenth century I had drawn attention to the recurrent trope in writings in this period of “the world turned upside down”, and its numerous sources in […]
Video trailer for the Museo del Romanticismo concert
Last (for the time being) of the videos from our 21st May concert at the Museo del Romanticismo in Madrid.
“Salute My Bicycle”
Another song from our concert at the Museo del Romanticismo.
Whatever happened to Catherine Crick?
OK, so a title to tease your imagination. Who the heck, you’re probably wondering, is or was Catherine Crick? The journey on which we have embarked in search of the roots of music-hall was initiated by our need to prepare […]
Maiden Lane and the Cyder Cellars
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 […]
“Mr Hutchison Visits Madrid”: Concert at El Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid
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. […]
Robert W Paul, British film pioneer
Little by little, week by week, we’ve been adding new topics and new content to our education programme, with 12 topics now offered. One of the new topics has taken me joyously back to an optional course I took while […]
More photos from Portobello Market
A few more pics of Saturday’s performance, with warmest thanks to photographer Laili Kwok and to Mark Atkinson for sending.
Radio Days goes Victorian at Portobello 150!
So here we are in Portobello Market, Saturday 30th May 2015, at the wonderful display in Tavistock Square of antique bicycles by the Veteran Cycle Club. Apposite, as María had delivered a brilliant performance of Daisy Bell just an hour […]
Mid-Victorian men’s fashions
After the tremendous fun and unequivocal success of yesterday’s spiffing performance for the 150th anniversary celebrations of Portobello Road Market (of which more in a further blog post), I’m keener than ever on getting an absolutely authentic late Victorian men’s […]
Song of the Week: Norah Blaney, Oh, Mr Porter
I admit it–I’m a huge fan of Marie Lloyd. A kind of real-life Betty Boop in some ways, she was by far the greatest and most charismatic singer of her era. A few days ago, Radio Days performed an online […]