Pubs are People Places

A cycle of songs for performance by more than one voice in a dramatic context.  Words by John Turner and music by Betty Roe describing the varied aspects of life in a British public house.

Chit-chat was previously published in "Life is Full of Other People" (1988). Landlady's Lament and Giles and Fiona were previously published in "Ten Songs on the Lighter Side" (1994).  This volume was published in 1998.  

Pubs are People Places - CoverThe composer notes in her introduction to the work;

This mini-revue, including an opener and closer, brings together eight songs which can be performed as a set - perhaps as part of a whole evening's entertainment, or at a social function for an am-dram society or revue group - or separately in a cabaret.  The set offers opportunities for several performers, male and female, with a compere to introduce the items, using the words provided and perhaps adding a few of his own.

1. Pubs are People Places - a short introductory song for medium voice explaining that a Pub is defined by the people who drink there, not the building.

2. Landlady's Lament - A monologue spoken over piano accompaniment.  Each verse has the landlady accepting another drink with the inevitable requirement for drunk acting.

3. Home Again - A song in praise of a Pint of British Bitter.  It includes a short references to Land of Hope and Glory on the phrase "won't even touch the sides".  A great tune and a perfect sentiment for any lover of an ale.

4. Chit-chat - Juicy gossip about some very odd characters but concludes with the singer concerned about what the locals are saying about them.  Medium voice in an easy parlando throughout.

5. Giles and Fiona - A monologue over piano accompaniment. A song about the West London/Southern Home Counties set attending Wimbledon, Henley etc. and drinking Pimms and Spritzers.

6. Nostalgia - A deeply nostalgic song remembering pubs with pianos, bar billiards and real beer.

7. Mobility - "Am I the only one without a mobile phone?"  The verses are monologues above piano accompaniment consisting of snatches of overheard mobile phone conversations.  Although written in 1998, very little has changed.

8. Goodnight - For medium voice.  The landlord/lady give an individual goodnight to each of their regulars.