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Cockney Singalong Pianist

Cockney Singalong Pianist

Good Old Fashioned Pub Entertainment

The Way it Used to Be!

I can be hired as a Cockney singalong pianist in London, Essex, Birmingham, West Midlands,¬† Hampshire, Yorkshire and other areas. I provide good old fashioned pub entertainment – the way it used to be. Available for parties, Cockney nights etc. I supply all the song sheets so that all you have to do is provide me with some good hearty voices. Make your party smile! ūüôā

Eugene the Cockney Pianist
Eugene Portman – Cockney Style Pub Pianist

Singalong Pianists are Now in Great Demand!

My work as a musician has changed dramatically over the years as well as being hired, in my usual role, as a jazz/cocktail pianist, I am now being hired to play the piano for many sing-along Cockney knees ups.  This latest trend is something quite new for me and I am finding it to be a very enjoyable experience.

A London pub was the first to hire me as a sing-along pianist and as my repertoire has grown I now promote myself for all types of Cockney, London and  wartime themed events. I am now providing entertainment for these events in Birmingham, West Midlands, Essex, Hampshire, Yorkshire, London and other areas of the UK.

I have various different song sheets for different occasions and I play for Cockney theme evenings, ‚ÄėPie and Mash‚Äô afternoons, Country and Western parties, wartime themed events i.e.¬†VE Day¬†celebrations. Singalongs have become so popular that they have been incorporated into birthday parties, Christmas parties, Burn’s Night, Masonic ¬†dinners and even Weddings.

 

Eugene as a Cockney

Who’s a Cheeky Chappy!

Pub Pianists in the Past

There was a day when nearly every pub had a piano (or ‘Joanna’) in it and everyone would get around it and sing all the old Cockney favourites. London pub¬†pianists were renowned throughout the country and the East End was¬†considered the Mecca for this style of entertainment. Although London seemed to have more pubs with pianists per square mile, the rest of the country also had their fair share of places where you could go and have a good ol sing-song. At one time sing-a-long pianists could be heard on the the radio and entertainers such as Mrs Mills and Russ Conway were very successful in their day. Many people had a piano in their homes and before the days of TV everyone used to sing and play musical instruments. Yes, they used to make their own entertainment then as you’ve probably heard many times.

Modern Trends – X Factor and Karaoke

Today’s activities seem to mainly involve playing with computers, game consoles and watching the telly. ¬†Popular shows including X Factor and the Voice are encouraging us to get out there and sing. Just look how many people are watching X Factor, making Karaokes even more popular – especially in the north of England. The only problem with Karaokes is that the only person singing is the one on the microphone and usually that person is the only one enjoying it. ¬†An old fashioned sing song, a sing-a-long allows everyone to sing at the same time and there is nothing like that sound of an honky-tonk pianist churning out those old songs. Whatever the event, whether it’s for Christmas or someones birthday – people like to have a sing-song especially with a pianist.

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