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Hi, Voices of Variety ! What an excellent idea ! Britain’s OLD THEATRES magazine is delighted to offer its support. Could we please start with reciprocal links on our web pages. Ours is wwww.oldtheatres.co.uk Do come back to us on firstname.lastname@example.org Well done ! Brilliant ! Terry KIrtland, Chairman.
Thanks Terry – I’ve added the link.
Many thanks. We are just about to do the same for you on Britain’s OLD THEATRES magazine web pages http://www.oldtheatres.co.uk
Brilliant website. Keep up the good work!
Hi Stephen that does seem to be working now
Loved your tribute to dear Sandy Powell, who I had the great privilege of interviewing in Eastbourne back in 1981. Thank yo so much for lighting a candle to his memory. He was a very great artist.
Thank you, Brendan. Sandy was a lovely man with the kind of natural dignity and decency that can’t be faked. And, as you say, a very great artist.
Many of Brinsworth House’s former residents rest in Twickenham Cemetery in three ‘Variety Artistes’ sections. I have added all their names, as well as photographs of their monumental inscriptions, to this site: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcsr&GSvcid=687805 I would be grateful if you could add a link to your site. Regards.
Hi Amanda,How very interesting. Yes, of course I’ll put a link in next time I go into VofV, which should be later this week.Best,Stephen
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I just wondered if the Tom Moss you mention in your article about Brinsworth House is the same man as the Wigan comedian who was famous for his shows “Contrasts” and “Behind the Footlights”, married to the ballerina Valerie Wyn and who became King Water Rat in 1943? Their stories sound very similar, both were singers, bought horses, loved women and had revues. I don’t suppose you know if they were one and the same? The Tom Moss from Wigan was supposedly born in 1898 and died in 1980. I think he was well known in the North West and in early days performed with his brother Joe. I would really appreciate any information you could give me. Thanks,
HI David,I’m pretty sure they were different performers, though both born 1898 and dying 1980. Another reference book states that Tom Moss was still working in the late 1970s, while the Tom F. Moss I knew at Brinsworth was long-retired in 1971. Maybe my Tom put the F. in to avoid confusion? Then again, my Tom did have a strong Northern accent and could well have come from Wigan.Best,Stephen
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Is this the same Billy Russell?
Hello. I am sure I saw on the BBC tv many many years ago singing “through my mother’s eyes” after his act-as soon as he got to the end of his funny act, he changed immediately, as if he had seen a ghost-it was such a sad sight, and a strange song to finish on. God bless him.
Hi Steven, we are about to put together a two hour radio show playing 78s and recalling the life and early career of Leslie Sarony, His 3 sons are all on board with the project as are a large number of 78s collectors and music hall enthusiasts – Is this a project that we could tempt you also to get involved with email@example.com
Hi Greg. Great idea – Sarony was a brilliant character and so multi-talented. I’m happy to help any way I can but I live in Dublin and in a couple of months I’ll be moving to the US for the best part of a year. I will be in the UK for three days from Oct 25th but in London and Winchester. If I can’t contribute directly, please feel free to use whatever you like from Voices of Variety – just give the site a mention. When you have a transmission date maybe you could let me know – I’m sure I can access Cambridge radio wherever I am. Best and hope all goes well – Stephen
Thanks Stephen, Would be good to get your voice into the show – I can travel down and meet up with you when you’re on the mainland for an interview – my email is firstname.lastname@example.org call (44) 01223872937
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