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New Book On British Popular Song During WW1

Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War, The 9781472441584 copy

Ashgate Publishing has just published a new book by John Mullen called The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War:

The book covers the following areas:

  • Contents: Preface; Introduction: Battles, society and entertainment; Portrait of an industry: producing popular music, 1914-1918; A star in focus 1: Harry Lauder – ‘Scottish ambassador’?; A patchwork of genres; A star in focus 2: Vesta Tilley – the woman who played men; The songs and their content; A star in focus 3: Marie Lloyd – ‘Our Marie’; ‘If you were the only girl in the world’: women, men and love in music-hall song; A star in focus 4: Harry Champion – ‘the spirit of the poorer parts of London’; Songs about the war: elite voices and people’s voices; ‘I want to go home’: soldiers’ songs and other non-commercial songs; Conclusions; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

More details can be found at the publisher’s website where the book can also be purchased. BMHS members can use the code C15JKX20 (valid from 1/7/15 – 30/9/15) to receive a 20% discount (there is a prompt during the checkout process to enter this).


Study Group Meetings for 2015/6 Season Announced

The 2015/6 schedule of BMHS Study Group Meetings has now been announced and the full list can be seen on the Study Group page of this website:

All meetings take place at the Club For Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9HP, commencing at 7.45pm. All welcome.

Graeme Cruickshank Talk at CAA

The last BMHS Study Group meeting before the summer break takes place at 7.45pm on Thursday 11th June at the Club For Acts and Actors, 20, Bedford Street, Covent Garden. The guest speaker will be Graeme Cruickshank, talking on the life and career of Fanny Dango, Musical Comedy Star, 1878-1972.

Further information can be found at:

Water Rats Show in Margate

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Keith Simmons is producing a Water Rats show at the Winter Gardens, Margate on Sunday 27th September at 7pm.

Taking part will be Rick Wakeman, Adam Wakeman, Steve Hewlett, Kev Orkian, Adger Brown, Richard Gauntlett, Andre Vincent, Simmons and Simmons, Ken Joy, Glenn Ford, Derek Martin, Steve Etherington’s Jump and the girls and boys of the Thanet School of Dance and Performing Arts.

Tickets are £20 each (at tables of ten) or £17 in banked seating (further back). Box office is:  01843 296111. Basket meals are available.

150 Years Of Music Hall And Variety Exhibition in Morecambe

Morecambe Exhib

Morecambe Heritage is staging a wonderful exhibition of rare posters, photographs and programmes on variety and music hall from the collection of Ken Bowe. It is on view at Morecambe Heritage Centre, 215, Marine Road Central, Morecambe on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 4pm until the end of August. Group visits are available outside these hours by appointment only.

Variety Of Memories

Variety of memories

At the British Music Hall Society’s 50th Anniversary Festival in 2013, a delightful film was shown featuring residents of Brinsworth House meeting students from a theatre group in North Manchester. Called Variety Of Memories, the film features Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson and the late Kenny Gibson and is introduced by the BMHS President Roy Hudd OBE.

Variety Of Memories can now be viewed on YouTube:

and on the BMHS’s Facebook page:

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