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The News Agents - 25th February 2017

The News Agents - 25th February 2017

About the show

Experiments in news and arts with Jude Cowan Montague. This week: 'News and the Parlour Song'. Piano songs mediated current issues such as the Civil War in America and the Temperance movement. Looking at places where journalism and parlour music met in the nineteenth century. For more information see thenewsagents.blogspot.com.

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Jude Cowan Montague

I think these Victorian songs are where Great Britain and America met over the decades - I think we have to change the name of Great Britain sometimes as people casually think the 'great' means wonderful in its modern sense, but it is short for greater, meaning it includes all the islands. I propose TCOBI - as our new country name - The Collection of British Islands. In the spirit of Acronyms!

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Jude Cowan Montague

Thank you for all the help. I don't know Helen Schneyer's work will seek it out. Listening back I spotted my own verbal typo, saying 'temperance day' instead of 'thanksgiving day'. I knew what I meant! Ah, live radio. Thanks for listening! Such great songs.

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Jude Cowan Montague

Hello - James yes I was saying that the Irish culture has kept the Victorian songs more alive! Breathing 20th century fire into the genre

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James L. Giddings
James L. Giddings

My Grandfather's Clock was actually written by Henry Clay Work, who also wrote "The Vacant Chair", and is American rather than Irish, but it's based on Work's visit to hotel in Piercebridge in Durham, England.

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James L. Giddings
James L. Giddings

The old songs are wonderful. Do you know the work of Helen Schneyer? I was singing along with "We shall meet but we shall miss him" just now!

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James L. Giddings
James L. Giddings

I love this song, woodman spare that tree..

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Deborah Millstein
Deborah Millstein

this is fascinating jude!

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