Edward Stewart-Humphries in Drury Lane, London - between 1903 and 1906
from Childhood: an autobiography of a boy from 1889-1906, pages 48-49:
[Edward Stewart-Humphries and his mother relocated from Cornwall to London in 1903. He worked as a page boy and other similar jobs at hotels and private clubs, visiting London Music Halls on a weekly basis]
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Edward Stewart-Humphries, Childhood: an autobiography of a boy from 1889-1906. In Brunel University Library, Special Collections, number 1:361, p. 48-49. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1541268015550 accessed: 26 June, 2022 (By permission of Brunel University Library, Special Collections.)
Listening tohide composers
'My Fiddle is my Sweetheart'
written by George H. Chirgwin
|performed by George H. Chirgwin|
|Date/Time||between 1903 and 1906|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|
The English music hall entertainer George Chirgin (1854-1922), the son of a circus clown, was billed as ‘the white-eyed Kaffir’, a black face minstrel act. Known for his unusual costume and make up, his entire face was blackened but for a white diamond shape surrounding one eye, and he wore an outsized top hat, tights and black cape. He always ended his performances with his signature song, ‘The Blind Boy’, although the words quoted here by Edward Stuart-Humphries are from a different song.