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The finest source of Variety and Music Hall songs, comedy, music and monologues reissued on CD and mp3 is without doubt Windyridge Music Hall Records, run by William Clark. You will find all your favourites here, plus CDs devoted to more obscure artists such as Jenny Howard (the poor man’s Gracie Fields) and Dorrie Dean.
The British Music Hall Society has been going since 1963 and the site is a treasure trove of information, plus movie clips. The first President was our Don Ross, and the current President is comedian, actor and writer Roy Hudd. Produces a quarterly magazine for members, Call Boy.
If your taste is for Northern comedy – Formby, Sandy Powell and, especially, Frank Randle – then this excellent site is the one for you.
A superbly-designed and animated site devoted to the master of the funny walk. www.maxwall.org
Old Theatres magazine is a most worthwhile enterprise, and their site is colourful and busy: www.oldtheatres.co.uk
There’s a fine site devoted to Variety’s favourite Irish tenor, Josef Locke, at www.joseflocke.co.uk
Keep Variety Alive is a brilliant Facebook group with more than 3,000 members, a mixture of old pros, circus folk, fans, academics and specialist writers. Highly recommended. Members often post fascinating archive material.
Some of the clips I use come from Graham Hoadley’s YouTube Channel at https:m.youtube.com/user/gallerydreams