Gus Elen is known as the greatest of the music hall coster comedians. The word "coster" comes from "costermonger" - a person who sells articles from a
street barrow. Born in London in 1862, he started his musical career busking in the streets before his first appearance in the music hall as part of a minstrel duo. He became more widely known when
he decided to introduce to his act a number of cockney songs in the style of Albert Chevalier. From this time in 1891, he concentrated on characterisations of cockney life, his performances on stage
accurately capturing the accent and dress of this part of the London scene.
Down the Road Wait till the work comes round The new pyjama hat The Publican Pretty little villa down at Barking Nature's made a big mistake The
Coster's Pony I'm going to settle down Dick Whittington It's a great big shame 'arf a pint o' ale 'E dunno where 'E are The Coster's Muvver The Golden Dustman The Postman's 'oliday Mrs
Carter If it wasn't for the houses in between