‘Bright Lights’ last song of the decade

On December 20 I will be releasing a new song ‘Bright Lights’ on the label Hear & Now Recordings who are putting out the next series of songs to make up an album next year.  I’m so grateful for David Baron and John Cunningham who owns the label for what I hope might be a new chapter.  As I am still very largely in the dark about the Spotify revolution and the way music is consumed it’s helping me enormously to see finally that music can be created on a song by song basis and released in this way.   Like many others, most artists have either other projects or a day job so it’s very difficult to be able to release things in the old fashioned way.  I hope anyone who has found my music will see that it’s really a continuation on from the work I have done with David Baron which began in 2005.  I owe him everything.

Brights Lights is out on 20 December 2019

Brights Lights is out on 20 December 2019

I will be celebrating this new release at The Roughler Club upstairs at The Italian Job, 45 All Saints Road, London W11 1HE on Friday 13 December 8pm onwards.  And rather than playing a long set I will do 10 minutes along with number of other exciting performers as well as the compere extraordinaire Ray Roughler Jones.  Entry is only £5 and it’s nights like these that remind me of the old days in London when I used to gig at such places like the Kashmir Club long since gone (where Rolan Bolan gratefully lent his tambourine skills to my set).  I will not attempt to play the keyboard with my big toe this time (thankfully Gina from The Raincoats admired my attempt) but I will play the tambourine with my foot since I’m sure Rolan is otherwise engaged.

I have been doing less of my blog lately probably because it’s so time consuming and possibly expensive (!) because I spend far too much time trying to find original material to scan! But I am really becoming a regular at the Ephemera Fairs in London and love talking to the dealers about rare books and other such things.  I guess because I studied history I am interested.

Anyway, it’s my Birthday tomorrow and it’s getting late but I just wanted to say my new found love is the circus and whenever it’s in town I’m there!

Band Wagon Journal of Leisure Vol 7 No 6 Dec 1948

Band Wagon Journal of Leisure Vol 7 No 6 Dec 1948

It was before I started listening to Eartha Kitt’s The Day That the Circus Left Town but there’s something so Fellini and dreamlike about it; a microcosm and universal.  I went to a wonderful one in Parsons Green barely anyone there except Bertram Mills Grandson!  It was fantastic and I got this poster framed.  It was Zippo’s Circus and what a treat it was too!  Earlier in the year I went to the Clown Church to celebrate the yearly service there they hold for Grimaldi.

Zippo's Circus poster that Lettie now has in her kitchen framed

Zippo’s Circus poster that Lettie now has in her kitchen framed

One of my favourite acts at Zippo’s was the budgie act performed by Norman Barrett.  They were so well trained!  It was quite hard to see but their pale blue, pick and yellow colours of their wings were beautiful.  They slid down a slide individually then flew perfectly coordinated and in file back to their perch.  Extraordinary!  Animals have largely been banned from all circuses which is quite right and I am therefore refraining from posting from my ephemera collection any of these black panther acts, Artic Polar Bears and even cricketing elephants as it says on the poster ‘trying to win back the ashes’ which is enough to make you cry.

My highlight of Circus Fantasia were the two Italian clowns.  They also doubled up as the orchestra but all the acts were amazing.  We also enjoyed the man being shot out of a canon not quite as big as the one below!

Circus Fantasia set up on the side of the A12 like a miraculous mirage this was after the sold out show on Saturday 23 November 2019

Circus Fantasia set up on the side of the A12 like a miraculous mirage this was after the sold out show on Saturday 23 November 2019

So here are my favourites from the tiny programmes of Bertram Mills Circus Grand Hall Olympia December 17 1948- February 3 1949 (that I have scanned at a high resolution).  That’s a long run which goes to show how popular they were once.

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 2 Ovsaks

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 2 Ovsaks

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Cavallini's Crazy Car

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Cavallini’s Crazy Car (apparently it came on stage then fell apart!)

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Cubanoso-Soders & Chalis

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Cubanoso-Soders & Chalis

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Lasse with his Horses and Ponies

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Lasse with his Horses and Ponies

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Leoni the Man who is shot from a Canon

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Leoni the Man who is shot from a Canon

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 The Cumberlands

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 The Cumberlands

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 The Great Magyars

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 The Great Magyars

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Wittmack and Smaha High School Horses

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Wittmack and Smaha High School Horses

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Woolford's Amazing Pigeons

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Woolford’s Amazing Pigeons

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948Stephenson's Football Dogs

Bertram Mills Circus Dec 17 1948 Stephenson’s Football Dogs

Bertram Mills Circus Grand Hall Olympia Dec 17 1948

Bertram Mills Circus Grand Hall Olympia Dec 17 1948

And this one from January 28 (no year) the Gigantic Continental Circus at Aston Hippodrome Birmingham long since gone.

Gigantic Circus Aston Hippodrome 28 January

Gigantic Circus Aston Hippodrome 28 January

Gigantic Circus Charivari Clowns & Girls 28 January

Gigantic Circus Charivari Clowns & Girls 28 January

Trapeze Acts Gigantic Continental Circus Aston programme 28 January (unknown year)

Trapeze Acts Gigantic Continental Circus Aston programme 28 January (unknown year)

 

And this from Chipperfields Circus 1970……

From Chipperfields Circus programme 1970 Tommy de Vel and Vera

From Chipperfields Circus programme 1970 Tommy de Vel and Vera

December is the feeling of what is to come and anticipation.  As my boss says Advent is about Metanoia.

These are just a few things I found last weekend… December issues of the Picturegoer that I haven’t seen before because I love Hollywood vintage glamour and adore films.

Picturegoer December 7 1957

Picturegoer December 7 1957 Martha Hyer on the cover

Picturegoer December 29 1957 Vera-Ellen cover

Picturegoer December 29 1957 Vera-Ellen cover

And some postcards….

I don't forget you beautiful unmarked card

I don’t forget you beautiful unmarked card

Alfred Stiebal Co London Alpha Series 155 Processed in Bohemia unmarked and undated

Alfred Stiebal Co London Alpha Series 155 Processed in Bohemia unmarked and undated

BB London Series no 546 printed in Germany unmarked and undated

BB London Series no 546 printed in Germany unmarked and undated

Carte Postale Dec 22 date unknown to Miss Watts Reddrum Cottage Surrey 'To Phoebe with love & good wishes'

Carte Postale Dec 22 date unknown to Miss Watts Reddrum Cottage Surrey ‘To Phoebe with love & good wishes’

Davidson Bros 'Real Photographic' series Dec 1906 wishing Mrs Harding a merry xmas

Davidson Bros ‘Real Photographic’ series Dec 1906 wishing Mrs Harding a merry xmas

Dec 22 1904 To Mrs Pigg 11 Mount Villas Surrey no message

Dec 22 1904 To Mrs Pigg 11 Mount Villas Surrey no message

Just to wish you a merry Xmas 23 Dec 15 London NW Miss Young in Lyndhurst Essex

Just to wish you a merry Xmas 23 Dec 15 London NW Miss Young in Lyndhurst Essex

 

Post Card to Mrs Blackiston West Street Sussex no date

Post Card to Mrs Blackiston West Street Sussex no date

Postcard unmarked and undated printed in Saxony

Postcard unmarked and undated printed in Saxony

The Philco Publishing Co Holborn Place Series 2329 printed in Germany Dec 24 1912? Miss Pigg

The Philco Publishing Co Holborn Place Series 2329 printed in Germany Dec 24 1912? Miss Pigg

Unique photo turned into a post card Photo West & So Whtistable unmarked and undated 'Scrooge'

Unique photo turned into post card Photo West & Son Whitstable unmarked and undated ‘Scrooge’

Unmarked and undated Post Card (USA?)

Unmarked and undated Post Card (USA?)

Unmarked and undated Post Card printed in Germany

Unmarked and undated Post Card printed in Germany

Unmarked and undated postcard printed in Saxony

Unmarked and undated postcard printed in Saxony

Unmarked Postale Postkarte

Unmarked Postale Postkarte

Valentine's Series 'A merry Christmas and a happy new year to you from Auntie to Mr Foster in Surrey

Valentine’s Series ‘A merry Christmas and a happy new year to you from Auntie to Mr Foster in Surrey (a bit strange this one!)

Wishing you a Happy Christmas Mrs Edwards Saffron Walden Dec 20

Wishing you a Happy Christmas Mrs Edwards Saffron Walden Dec 20

With Eliza's kind regards and best wishes for happy xmas undated

So wishing you a very Happy Cbristmas, New Year and New Decade…..

Postkarte -Carte Postale to Mr and Mrs Gent at White Lodge Brixton

Postkarte -Carte Postale to Mr and Mrs Gent at White Lodge Brixton

Hand woven Carte Postal sent 6.15pm on 31 December to Mrs Campbell in Edinburgh

Hand woven Carte Postal sent 6.15pm on 31 December to Mrs Campbell in Edinburgh

Post Card for Home and Abroad printed in Berlin unmarked and undated

Post Card for Home and Abroad printed in Berlin unmarked and undated

XXX

Lettie in Suffolk with her Andrew Logan earrings

Lettie in Suffolk with her Andrew Logan earrings December 2019 which took her over a year to decide to buy!

Carte Postale made in Germany 'I hope you are all well'

Carte Postale made in Germany ‘I hope you are all well’

 

 

 

 

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1 Response to ‘Bright Lights’ last song of the decade

  1. That last one is so strange but I love it as much as the sausage clown. Thank you for compiling and sharing all your wonderful vintage finds and look forward to your new song releases!

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