This CD makes an ideal present for both the music hall enthusiast, or anyone tired of modern "entertainment" who wants to discover what amused Christmas revellers in the early part of the 20th Century. The CD takes us on a journey through the Christmas Celebrations, from the first preparations of Jack Pleasants who is "Learning a song for Christmas" to Will Fyffe's New Year, by way of Max Miller's Christmas Dinner. There are songs, recitations, visits to the pantomime and ghost stories, all recorded between 1907 and 1931.
Jack Pleasants - I'm learning a song for Christmas Sandy Powell - Sandy's Christmas Eve Charles Penrose - Santa Claus Workshop Billy Williams - Why don't Santa Claus bring something to me Bobbie Comber - Does Santa Claus sleep with his whiskers (over or under the sheets) Vivian Foster (The Vicar of Mirth) - The Parson's Christmas Address Billy Bennett - Christmas day in the cookhouse Ernie Mayne - I do like a little bit of Turkey at Christmastime Max Miller - The Christmas Dinner Bransby Williams - Scrooge 'Before the Dream' Bransby Williams - Scrooge 'The Dream' Bransby Williams - Scrooge 'The Awakening' Albert Whelan - Cinderella Charles Norton - A Christmas Ghost Story George Formby Snr. - A Merry Christmas Descriptive - Christmas Boxes - West End Style Vivian Foster - The Parson and the Christmas Party The 'Favorites' - The Pantomime Rehearsal Will Evans - Pantomime Will Fyffe - New Year's Day
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Listen to: Does Santa Claus sleep with his whiskers (over or under the sheet)