Minstrel Shows were one of the most popular entertainments of the Victorian Era. The humour was of a gentle nature which appealed to those who might never enter a music hall.
The Album includes harmony songs such as Massa’s in de cold cold ground and Carry me back to Old Virginia, written by Stephen Foster and James Bland, major songwriters at the time. The Haydn Quartette, an American harmony vocal group, visited England in 1902 to make recordings and many of the tracks originate from this time.
A flavour of the style of the minstrel show is given in the later tracks which were studio interpretations made at the time.
Note: Certain words and sentiments within the songs and titles, considered innocent at the time of recording, may nowadays cause offence but are reproduced in the interests of authenticity.