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On this day in 1915 a ‘Musical and Literary Entertainment’ was held in Naylor’s Theatre in Deseronto. The concert was performed by Professor Eppes*, a music teacher, and some of his pupils.

Here we have reproduced the programme for the concert, with links to online versions of the various pieces where we have been able to find them, so that you can experience at least some of the concert 100 years later. We’ve even made a playlist of the ones on YouTube.

PROGRAMME

PART I.

1. Trio – ‘Sous les drapeaux de la Glorie’……………………….Blow
MISS CAMPBELL, MR. MAXWELL AND MR. EPPES
2. Piano Duett – ‘Norwegian Hunter’s March’…………………Orem
MISS M. EDWARDS AND MR. EPPS
3. Piano Solo – ‘Dance of the Mermaids’……………………Englemann
MISS MADELINE HAGGERTY
4. Vocal – ‘Nothing too good for the Irish‘……………………………
MISS MARJORIE ARMITAGE
5. Piano Solo – (a) ‘Polonaise Militaire‘ Op. 40 No. 1………Chopin
(b) ‘Berceuse,’ Op. 13 No. 7……………………Ilynsky
6. ‘The Bandelero‘……………………………………………………………..Stuart
MR. HERKIMER AYLSWORTH
7. Piano Solo – (a) ‘Valse in A Minor,’ No. 2, Op. 12………….Greig [Grieg]
(b) ‘Le Maitre a Danses’…………………….Gabriel-Marie
MISS PEARL McCULLOUGH
8. Saxophone Solo – Irish Airs………………………………………….
MR. THOS. MAXWELL
9. Vocal – ‘The Little Hero‘………………………………………..Adams
MR. AYLSWORTH

PART II

1. Trio – ‘Gavotte,’ Op. 57…………………………………….Tourbie
MISS CAMPBELL, MR. MAXWELL AND MR. EPPS
2. Piano Solo – ‘The Minstrel Boy and St. Patrick’s Day,’ Op. 47…Pape
MISS M. MALONEY
3. Vocal – Selected…………………………………
MISS G. CLEMENT
4. Piano Solo – (a) March…………………………………….Gurlitt
(b) Allegro from Quartette in F., No. 10………..Mozart
MISS MARY EDWARDS
5. Vocal – ‘The Wreck of the Hesperus‘…………………….Longfellow
MR AYLSWORTH
6. Piano Solo – (a) Minuett…………………………………….J. D. Brown
(b) Bluette…………………………………….Duvernoy
7. [Recitation?] – Selected………………………..
MISS P. McCULLOUGH
8. Piano Solo – Gavotte…………………………………………Berche
MISS MAE BARTLEY
9. Drill – By the Patriotic Sons and Daughters of the Empire…………….
GOD SAVE THE KING

Musical entertainment program


*William Eppes was born in Quebec City on February 20th, 1875. He married Bessie Alford in Belleville on March 30th, 1899 and by 1901 the couple were living in Tyendinaga. In the 1911 census they were in Mill Street, Deseronto and in 1921 they were living in Dundas Street.

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The Westbury Union were a Trenton-based band formed in the late 1960s. Karen Whaley, the daughter of one of the band members has shared a photo album of the band on her blog, Say It With Pie and also on Flickr. The Deseronto connection? The band were booked through the Dobbin Agency, based at 447 Main Street.


Thanks to Karen for permission to share these photos here. We’d be interested to hear from any local residents who remember dancing to The Westbury Union’s music in the late sixties or early seventies, or anyone who has information about the Dobbin Agency.

The 100th photo in the Archives’ Flickr collection is this shot of the Circle Six Orchestra from 1932.


The only information we have about this band is taken from a cutting that was attached to the back of the photo:

This popular orchestra is composed entirely of Deseronto boys and has been organized for the past five years. Since this photograph was taken the traps player, James McVicker, has added a set of temple blocks to his equipment. Reading from left to right the players are – Reginald Dawson, Roy Woodcock, Clayton John, James McVicker, Marshall Woodcock and Roy Kitchen (now a resident of Tweed).

We’d love to know more about this band and its members.