Friday, January 27, 2012

Sepia Connections To The Theatre


I have been on a journey this week. It started with a church parade in Birmingham and went via Broomhill in Sheffield and a running track in Halifax to the Dingle Peninsular in Ireland. And today it has brought us to the theatre. I have no idea where the theatre is: it doesn't matter, it is who we are watching that counts. And we are watching the Singer Trio. And we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves.



The boy at the back is the cleverest; well that is what our correspondent tells us. He plays bells alright. Perhaps they are tubular bells - no doubt someone will post in and tell me. Lydney is in Gloucestershire, just south of the Forest of Dean. It is a pleasant part of the world and I am quite happy to be shipwrecked here for a few days whilst I take a long weekend break. I won't be away too long, but if you get bored with waiting you can always sit back in your seats and listen to the delights of the Singer Trio.

This week Sepia Saturday has gone to the theatre. Book your seat now and enjoy the show by going on over to the Sepia Saturday Blog and following the links.

29 comments:

  1. That's never Mike Oldfield!

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  2. Ah, they don't make records like they used to.

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  3. Funny, I can't hear a thing. :(

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  4. Judging by the number of instruments on stage, they were all rather clever.

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  5. Taking a closer look at the instrument in front of the guy in the back, it looks to be some sort of large zither, particularly a hammered one like a hammered dulcimer or a cimbalom. The shape is right, and those are definitely metal strings running across the top of it.

    At first glamce that lad on the right looked amazingly like a young Lucille Ball!

    Enjoy your break.

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  6. I suspect that you would get more than a dingle from all those instruments.
    My son and his family used to live near Lydney but the nearest you could get to a shipwreck there would be the wrecks on the banks of the Severn across fro Gatcombe.

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  7. I so enjoy your journeys, when you share them with us! I'd say they were all very delight-fully-and-cleverly-crafty!

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  8. Looks like there is a lot of syncopation going on. Glad you interpreted the card, I'd read bells as cello and wondered why I couldn't see one in a stage full of instruments!

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  9. I wonder if any of the singers sang.

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  10. Very fancy clothes and haircuts. Pretty cool. When I see pictures like this it really gets me thinking about what life was like for these people.

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  11. Ah but Alan, you do get around don't you know it.

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  12. How posh do they look, never mind the sound? LOL

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  13. Lydney is quite near where I live :)

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  14. I do love the banjo players' hairstyles!

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  15. A talented trio; I wonder if they were all brothers. The instrument looks a bit like a zither to me too as I had a toy one when young, but it was basically that shape.

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  16. With all the instruments I was for some strange reason drawn to the hairdos. Reminds me of Charlie Chaplin. Glad you are enjoying your trip.
    QMM

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  17. Seriously? That's Mike Oldfield? Wow! I love the postcard! "He play cello alright." Ha!

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  18. The one on the left looks a little shifty. It looks like "cello" to me too.

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  19. Wow...looks like quite a trio. So many different instruments!

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  20. Have a good and safe trip and raise a glass for me.....

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  21. Yes those grand movie theaters were first home to travelin theater in my old home town, before my time. Neither records nor theaters are made like they used to. Enjoy your outing..

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  22. What a clever post! I rather imagine that back in the day, all musicians had to be reasonably good (and possibly quite clever too) or the audience would 'know' since it was all live.

    Very awesome photographs!

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  23. What a wonderful old postcard! I love looking at them, they always give us such a amazing glimpse into the past especially when they have been posted. Love the ruffled costumes and hairstyles on these boys!

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  24. Roy is undoubtedly right about the instrument in the back--a hammered dulcimer or similar instrument could be described as "bell-like" in tone. I'm thinking the two young fellows in front are holding banjo-mandolins--they certainly have a banjo head, & I believe they have eight tuning pegs. Great shot!

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  25. I had a good time imagining what their music and voices would sound like.

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  26. haha...well, he may be the cleverest, but the other two have more interesting hair! :)

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  27. What a wonderful picture postcard! Glad they were having such a fun holiday; who could even think of being bored with all of that going on?


    See you on Saturday!

    Kathy M.

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  28. That is a great photo of times gone by. You really can find a lot of things going on with that group. The hair styles seem different.

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  29. Great card. It's a clever Cello player alright as the cello is on the front right and there are no bells visible. The boy in back also plays a cimbalom, a kind of hammered dulcimer popular with Hungarian/Gypsy music. The other two have various banjos including an 8 string Mandolin-banjo and smaller 4 string banjolele which Geroge Formby popularized. I wonder where the music hall was.

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