Thu 25th Oct at Midday
@ Chalkwell Park View, Southend-on-Sea
Keep the Home Fires Burning: Mickie Driver, Graham Hunter, Lloyd Ellery, Mike Marandi
"Keep the Homes Fires Burning is a Centenary Commemoration, in music, word and song, of the end of The First World War.
Beginning on 1st July 1912, we remember the very first Royal Command Performance at the Palace Theatre in London, attended by Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary. Over 100 stars of Music Hall took part and the art of Music Hall was thereafter recognised as a legitimate entertainment that would cross the class divide.
We continue with the build-up to, recruiting for, outbreak and duration of World War One, using songs of the era and recalling the great entertainers who sang them. Florrie Forde, Marie Lloyd, Hetty King, Harry Lauder and Vesta Tilley are but a few, and each of them did what they could to keep Britain’s fighting spirit alive and the country’s hopes high.
Songs that were sung at home whilst the boys were away and songs that Tommy Atkins sang in the trenches evoke the spirit, the emotions and the down-right bravery of the men and women involved, in whatever way, with the conflict that everyone thought would be ‘the war to end all wars’. Join us, and wave a flag in recognition of those who, not so very long ago, served their country in The Great War.
“…the artistes and songs which you and your company portrayed to perfection in song and dress, with attention given to the smallest detail, was indeed a tribute to those many artistes who performed for the entertainment of the armed forces, and to those that lost their lives in the Great War working for what they believed in.” Peter White – The British Music Hall Society.
Ticket price includes roast beef lunch."
Info provided by the Event Organiser
Mickie is a professional variety entertainer working mainly in a pearly suit, specialising in Music Hall and songs from the years of WWI, WWII, the 1950s and 1960s.
He also heads Variety Collective providing entertainers for an elderly audience, and Variety Lunches (a lunch followed by a themed show) at venues in Dartford, Wood Green, Westcliff, Margate and Broadstairs.
Mickie is also available in a pearly suit grinding a barrel organ - a super idea for a garden party or special event.
Mickie Driver tour dates
With his easy charm and a delightful voice, Lloyd will set your feet tapping and put a contented smile on your face. A wide range of songs guarantees that there will be something in his act for everyone.
Lloyd Ellery tour dates
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Venue: Chalkwell Park View
→ Chalkwell 9 min walk