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Albert Ball's Flying Aces 
 
Begins:    23.09.2011   20:00 o'clock
Ends:    23.09.2011   23:00 o'clock
Venue/Location:    The Forge, Delancey Street, Camden Town, London
 
Description:
 

A musical group composed of ex-RFC pilots damaged by the Great War, ABFA play a mélange of naive 1910s pop songs, very early ragtime, jazz and blues, French and German polkas and chansons, exotic dance numbers and laments, WWI propaganda songs, music hall rabble-rousers and sentimental ballads. There are rumours of exciting Special Guest Appearances as well.


Admission: £9 (£7 concs) in advance, £10/£8 on the door.


ALBERT BALL'S FLYING ACES was originally formed in 1916 by the aviators of 266 Squadron RFC. To relieve the stress and horror of their daily aerial dog-fights high above the trenches, they would gather in the evenings to play early jazz and then-current pop songs, naming themselves after a famous airman of the time. Having settled in Paris following the 1918 Armistice, they use their wartime experiences to try to bring peace and understanding to a 1920s world, performing a repertoire of French, German, American and British songs and jazz of the time - music which epitomises the spirit of that lost generation, resolutely jaunty and upbeat in the face of terrible loss and adversity. INFLUENCES: The legends, the romance and the reality of the lives and deaths of the air aces of the Great War - Albert Ball and his ilk - and the music of their day: naive pop songs of the 1910s, very early ragtime, jazz and blues, French and German polkas and chansons, dance numbers and laments, Great War propaganda songs, music hall rabble-rousers and sentimental ballads, James F. Hanley, William Monaco, Ivor Novello, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and many others. Art by CRW Nevinson, Wyndham Lewis, Marinetti & Balla, writing by Robert Graves, RC Sherriff, Billy Bishop & WE Johns, films such as Aces High & The Blue Max. SOUNDS LIKE: Popular songs of the Great War played on period instruments in period style.

 

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