“They don’t write songs like this any more”

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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 page in fact does not name an editor or compiler, listing the Cruikshank brothers only […]

Bell-Bottom George

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https://archive.org/download/BellbottomGeorge/1944BellbottomGeorge.mp4 Maria and I both have a passion for George Formby. In this film, Nazi spies are out to destroy a new submarine killer, the “Firefly”, being developed by the British navy. A hapless waiter named George, after being rejected for military service three times, finally ‘joins’ when, during an air raid, he is mistaken […]

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. […]