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Tea with...Josef Locke & Friends

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Clonter Opera Theatre
Trap Road
CW12 2LR

Tel: 01260 224514

Tea with...Josef Locke & Friends


Tickets £24


This increasingly popular Clonter event will consist of an afternoon tea, followed by an hour of musical entertainment.

This year marks the centenary of the Irish songster, Josef Locke’s birth, providing a golden opportunity to explore this rich seam of delightful music.

Known as The Singing Bobby, he became a local celebrity before starting to work the UK variety circuit, where he also played summer seasons in English seaside resorts. The renowned Irish tenor John McCormack  advised him that his voice was better suited to a lighter repertoire than the operatic one he had in mind, and urged him to find an agent—thus he found the noted impresario Jack Hylton, who booked him, but couldn’t fit his full name on the bill, thus Joseph McLaughlin became Josef Locke.

Locke made an immediate impact when featured in “Starry Way,” a twenty-week summer show at the Blackpool Opera House in 1946 and was rebooked for the following summer, then starring for three seasons at the Blackpool Hippodrome. He appeared in ten Blackpool seasons from 1946 to 1969.He made his first radio broadcast in 1949, and subsequently appeared on television programmes such as Rooftop RendezvousTop of the TownAll-star Bill and The Frankie Howerd Show. He was signed to the Columbia label in 1947, and his first releases were the two Italian songs “Santa Lucia” and “Come Back to Sorrento”. In 1947, too, Locke released Hear My Song, Violetta, which became forever associated with him.

Josef Locke will be joined by his fellow countryman (the aforementioned) John McCormack, and possibly some other friends besides.

To treat our afternoon audience with this joyful repertoire of music, we are delighted to welcome back Alexander Grainger, accompanied by Robin Humphreys at the piano.

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