More inanity from the Hackney organity.
More monkey mess from the peripatetic Homerton/Hackney barrel organ.
Given the choice (we believe in choice). Featuring castanets, monkeys, marionettes, and human and tortoise castles.
Barrel/street organ stuff.
François Dominique Séraphin, Bourbon favourite and reputedly the father of ombres chinoises (shadow puppetry), began operating 15 years later than is generally thought, and may have copied his techniques from an itinerant Italian or a London Alsatian. Featuring the memoirs of the valet to the later Louis XVII, early descriptions of the delights of the renovated Palais Royal (including a pygmy show), jolly old Baron Grimm on the lamentable state of French opera, shadow plays, and marionettes, and William Beckford’s favourite designer of theatrical perversions.
A populist US senator meets an Italian organ-grinder in Rome in 1859.
With acrobats, clowns, and Doris and Thisbe, goddesses of wind.
Featuring O du lieber Augustin, the Thomases Dekker and Middleton, Daniel Defoe and various disreputable beggars and foreigners.
Impossible automata for my street organ this holiday season. Featuring Georg Büchner, Ignaz Bruder, German Christmas pyramids, dancing Hasidim, Lieutenant Kijé as you’ve probably never seen it, Le Tigre, and a crustacean.
Unfortunately Alan Friedman’s excellent authorised bio, My Way, leaves us none the wiser.