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John Whitehorn's Desert Island Discs

In January 2020 John Whitehorn gave us a fascinating talk on one of his favourite subjects, the Origins of the Victorian Music Hall Tradition. In what was to be one of our last sound-only feature items, John's talk, illustrated with many complete songs and extracts, took us on a journey through the evolution of European and American working class life, as reflected in its songs and music.

Now with pictures and videos included John has returned to give us his "Desert Island Discs", the musical performances that he would be happiest to take with him if he was forced into a retreat of indefinite duration from human society.

Some of his choices may surprise you. But you can rest assured you are in for a treat.

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