Shoreham & Southwick

Pop up - Exploring Comic Songs

Because a significant number of people were unable to attend the session in March, this pop up will be repeated in the Autumn.

Although they have now largely fallen out of fashion, a tradition of comic songs runs through the history of popular music. This home-based pop up will enable us to listen to and discuss some.

To some extent, it will be a repeat of a popular session held in 2015 but it will also be influenced by material suggested or bought along by group members.

Using examples ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan and music hall songs, to Tin Pan Alley and British popular music we’ll ponder the following questions:
• Why were comic songs so popular in the past?
• Were there different types of comic songs for different audiences?
• How did the nature of comic songs change over time?
• What impact did radio and television have on comic songs?
• Why did they largely fall out of favour?

The coordinator will provide various examples of comic songs, but participants are also encouraged to bring along any examples they can offer, and to make suggestions about material/topics in advance that they think might prove useful in discussion.

If you would like to participate please contact the coordinator using the Bluebird contact box on this page.

Page last updated 28.03.19

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