Kate Harley
Last updated: 05.03.23
p_harleyk.jpg John Major in his My Old Man writes of Kate Harley:

Kate Harley was billed in 1863 as "The Best Serio-Comic Singer of the Day". Unlike Ada Lundberg she was short, stocky and unprepossessing, and sang some numbers in male dress. Two of these, "Granny Snow" and "Away Down Holborn Hill", were big hits for her. In June 1866 a reviewer was smitten:
"Few can compete with her refinement in style but it is to her undoubted histrionic abilities that her success is principally due."
Her clever impersonations were well received at the Tyne Concert Hall, Newcastle, and she later toured with Vance's Varieties for three years. It may be that her relative anonymity today results from her performing outside London, but there can be no doubt of her popularity and talent.

Of interest is the sheet music The Dark Girl Dressed in Blue arranged by Harry Clifton from a Traditional tune which was performed by himself as well as Kate Harley and George Leybourne.
     Title Attribution Remarks
url15.gif Dark Girl Dressed in Blue, The Traditional (words & music)
G. Leybourne (perf.)
Kate Harley (perf.)
This list is arranged by composer and contains 4 works performed by Kate Harley who is featured on sheet music covers. It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: (w&m)
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
perf15.jpg Away Down Holborn Hill (1862) G.W. Hunt(w&m) Kate Harley (perf.)
Fred French (perf.)
perf15.jpg Old Sarah Walker (1870) G.W. Hunt James Taylor (words)
Fred Buckingham (words)
Willem Vandervell (perf.)
Kate Harley (perf.)
perf15.jpg Dark Girl Dressed in Blue (?), The Traditional(w&m) G. Leybourne (perf.)
Kate Harley (perf.)
H. Clifton (perf.)
perf15.jpg Making a Sensation (1862) Unknown Harriet Bowmer (words)
Kate Harley (perf.)