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.
«There are a great number of boys employed in the various workshops on the island, and the diversions of these young gentlemen have a decided tendency to the boisterous, and lean slightly to the predatory. They are great in the performance of intricate shuffles and break-down dances, and are noted for the early acquirement and […]
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 […]
Thanks to a post in the wonderful Jane Austen’s London blog (see reference at the bottom of this page), yes, we now have a copy of Slang: A Dictionary of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, the Pit, Or Bon-ton, and the Varieties of Life (1823) by ‘Jon Bee’, pseudonym of sport writer and journalist […]
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 […]
1951 is a little outside our usual time frame, but as we at Radio Days are now reading and researching around the London pleasure gardens and their saloon theatres out of which, in the early middle years of the 19th century, emerged what we now recognise as ‘music hall’, I could not resist posting this […]
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 for this weekend’s performance at the Milton Keynes Museum Victorian Weekend on the theme of […]