Books, Film, Audio, Links


On these pages you will find (growing slowly over the coming weeks) comprehensive listings of:



Works about Music Hall and Variety – general, biographical and fictional – from my own collection and occasionally elsewhere.


Movies that are about the subject – of which there are more than you might think – but mostly comedies that were vehicles for the popular stars of the day. The most obvious of these are those featuring George Formby, Gracie Fields and The Crazy Gang, plus the output of Mancunian Films.


Details of almost all recordings (except 78rpm) of Music Hall and Variety artists over the past 60 years on vinyl, CD and online. The earliest will now be available only though car boot sales and the like.



Recent Feedback

Greg Butler


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 call (44) 01223872937



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

Greg Butler


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