G.H. Chirgwin  (1854-1922)
Last updated: 27.04.22
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.  
  Title Instruments/Issue Performers
       
  MP3 File(s)    
audioextmp315.gif Burlesque Yodel Edison Bell Record: 6852 G.H. Chirgwin
audioextmp315.gif Few Eccentric Gaglets, A Edison Bell Record: 6867 G.H. Chirgwin
audioextmp315.gif My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart Edison Bell Record: 6851 G.H. Chirgwin
     Title Author Supplier
       
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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Folk Music CDs:
cd15.gif Various Performers Let's All Go To The Music Hall: Vol. 2
cd15.gif Various Performers Your Own, Your Very Own: Stars of the Music Hall 1901-1929 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
     Title Attribution Remarks
       
url15.gif All Scotch Unknown (words & music)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
 
url15.gif Blind Boy, The G.W. Moore (music)
R. Lee (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
 
url15.gif Good Old London Town Girl, A Charles Osborne (words & music)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
 
url15.gif My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart G.H. Chirgwin (music)
Harry Hunter (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
 
url15.gif My Fiddle Was My Sweetheart G.H. Chirgwin (music)
Charles Osbourne (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
 
url15.gif Village Blacksmith - Parody, The Walter Burnot (words & music)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
 
This list is arranged by composer and contains 17 works performed 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
     Title Composer Attribution Remarks
         
perf15.jpg Village Blacksmith - Parody (1889), The Walter Burnot G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Comin' Thro' the Rye (1891) G.H. Chirgwin Boy Jones (words)
John S Baker (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart (1896) G.H. Chirgwin Harry Hunter (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
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perf15.jpg My Fiddle Was My Sweetheart (1896) G.H. Chirgwin Charles Osbourne (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
perf15.jpg Burlesque Yodel (1906) G.H. Chirgwin G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) audioextmp315.gif
perf15.jpg Few Eccentric Gaglets (1906), A G.H. Chirgwin G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) audioextmp315.gif
perf15.jpg All in His Sunday Clothes (1881) T. Vincent Davies Eldred Powel (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
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perf15.jpg Jester (1884), The Edmund Forman(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Second Floor (1894), The J. Holbrook Arthur Corney (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Blind Boy (1890), The G.W. Moore R. Lee (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
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perf15.jpg  Good Old London Town Girl (1898), A Charles Osborne Edmund Forman (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
Pub.
perf15.jpg Cockney Coon (1899), The Charles Osborne G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Night of the Party (1906), The Charles Osborne(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg Jocular Joker (1908), The Charles Osborne(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg All the Time! (1894) Joseph Tabrar(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) wvicon.gif
perf15.jpg Je-Hos-So-Phat! (1896) Joseph Tabrar(w&m) G.H. Chirgwin (perf.) Pub.
perf15.jpg All Scotch (?) Unknown G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
Jessie Preston (perf.)
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 7 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)  Pub.
Comin' Thro' the Rye 1891 Boy Jones (words)
John S Baker (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
 Pub.
My Fiddle Is My Sweetheart 1896 Harry Hunter (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
 Pub. audioextmp315.gif
My Fiddle Was My Sweetheart 1896 Charles Osbourne (words)
G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)
Burlesque Yodel 1906 G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)  audioextmp315.gif
Few Eccentric Gaglets, A 1906 G.H. Chirgwin (perf.)  audioextmp315.gif
     Title Duration Performer
       
youtube15.jpg The My Fiddle is my Sweetheart 2:29 G.H. Chirgwin
youtube15.jpg The Blind Boy 3:26 G.H. Chirgwin