G.H. Chirgwin  (1854-1922)
Last updated: 20.08.20
p_chirgwingh.jpgAccording to the Internet source given below, G.H. Chirgwin [George Chirgwin] was a British music hall comedian, singer and instrumentalist, billed as "The White-Eyed Kaffir", a black face minstrel act, born in the Seven Dials area of London.
His first appearance was a member of the Chirgwin Family troupe in 1861. The family were regular music hall performers until 1868 when George Chirgwin first appeared as a solo act. He played a number of instruments including piano, violin, cello, banjo, bagpipes and one-string "Jap fiddle" ando sang falsetto.
His stage appearance was unusual, appearing in a cloak, tightly fitting jumper and tights, and an exaggerated tall top hat. His makeup was black-faced with a large white diamond over one eye.
In the 1890s, Chirgwin appeared in two actuality films, Chirgwin in his Humorous Business and Chirgwin Plays a Scotch Reel. He also wrote and acted in a silent drama film called The Blind Boy
He appeared in the first Royal Variety Command Performance in 1912 and retired in 1919.
Chirgwin died in Streatham, London.
Two of his songs, My Fiddle is My Sweetheart (1896) composed by himself and The Blind Boy (1890 words. R. Lee; music: G.W. Moore), are given in 60 Old-Time Variety Songs.
Websites:
url15.gif G. H. Chirgwin Biography by wikipedia.org.  
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book15.gif  Chirgwin's Chirrup G.H. Chirgwin flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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This list is arranged by title and contains 6 lyrics performed by G.H. Chirgwin. The lyrics/monologues and *.pdf files have been kindly compiled by monologues.co.uk/musichall
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url15.gif All Scotch G.H. Chirgwin (sung by)  
url15.gif Blind Boy, The R. Lee (words)
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url15.gif Good Old London Town Girl, A G.H. Chirgwin (sung by)  
url15.gif My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart Harry Hunter (words)
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url15.gif My Fiddle Was My Sweetheart Charles Osbourne (words)
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url15.gif Village Blacksmith - Parody, The G.H. Chirgwin (sung by)  
This list is arranged by composer and contains 13 songs sung by G. H. Chirgwin 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) ER
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sm15.gif Village Blacksmith - Parody (1889), The Walter Burnot G.H. Chirgwin (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Comin' Thro' the Rye (1891) G.H. Chirgwin Boy Jones (words)
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sm15.gif My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart (1896) G.H. Chirgwin Harry Hunter (words)
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sm15.gif My Fiddle Was My Sweetheart (1896) G.H. Chirgwin Charles Osbourne (words)
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sm15.gif All in His Sunday Clothes (1881) T. Vincent Davies Eldred Powel (words)
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sm15.gif Blind Boy (1890), The G.W. Moore R. Lee (words)
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sm15.gif Cockney Coon (1899), The Charles Osborne(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Good Old London Town Girl (1898), A Charles Osborne Edmund Forman (words)
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sm15.gif Jocular Joker (1908), The Charles Osborne(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Night of the Party (1906), The Charles Osborne(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif  All the Time! (1894) Joseph Tabrar(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif Je-Hos-So-Phat! (1896) Joseph Tabrar(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (sung by) wvicon.gif
sm15.gif All Scotch (?) Unknown G.H. Chirgwin (sung by)
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 5 works by G.H. Chirgwin (1854-1922). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER
Title Year Attribution Remarks
       
It Never Could Happen Here 1884 W. Burnot (words)  wvicon.gif
Comparisons Melodious 1889 Harry Hunter (words)  wvicon.gif
Comin' Thro' the Rye 1891 Boy Jones (words)
John S Baker (words)
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My Fiddle Was My Sweetheart 1896 Charles Osbourne (words)
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My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart 1896 Harry Hunter (words)
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youtube15.jpg The Blind Boy 3:26 G.H. Chirgwin
youtube15.jpg The My Fiddle is my Sweetheart 2:29 G.H. Chirgwin