For enthusiasts of early banjo
Nigel Leach sings Polly Perkins at Hoxton Hall for the Aba Daba Company
I thought folks here might enjoy this, since the song came up.
That's "Pretty Polly Perkins of Paddington Green, or The Broken-Hearted Milkman" by British music hall performer Harry Clifton. It was first published in 1864 and was popular all around the English-speaking world, even in the Yokohama colony in Japan. Here's the American sheet music cover:
Wes, I meant to say thanks for posting that awesome video of Nigel Leach. I'd never seen it before, although I knew the song from some research I've been doing on the foreign community in Yokohama, Japan in the 1860s. I now have a much better understanding of what a 19th-century music hall performance might have looked like.
Thank you for that blast from the past! When my parents returned from a trip to England back in the '70s, they brought back a recording of this song. The singer on the recording (don't know who) was accompanied by a banjo. Believe it or not that was one of my earliest inspirations to learn the banjo! (I never learned the song tho...)
That video of Carl's brought this to mind. Here's a setting from Sydney Ryan's "True Violinist ', 1872, Cincinnati.
Thanks Wes. I owe it to myself to learn it.
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