I have been enjoying listening to the Olly Oakley collection 'Banjo, Burlesque and Bolero'.  On the zitherbanjo.org.uk site there is mention of a tune he composed called 'Devil-May-Care' but, unfortunately, it isn't featured on the album.  I wondered if anyone would be happy to share the audio (or perhaps score).  Also, I am trying to find out information about another Olly Oakley recording: 'Gaiety School' - I wonder if this another of his own compositions but can anyone shed light on this.  Thanks.  

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Hi Carrie,

I haver added the score for Oakley's "Devil may Care" to the MUSIC LIBRARY for you. I hope that helps, but sorry I don't have an audio track.

All I can find about Gaiety School is that Oakley recorded this on International Zonophone records in 1904, but there is no reference as to whether it was one of his compositions.

GAIETY SCHOOL played by OLLY OAKLEY 1904

Hi Ian - thank you so much for making the score available.  I will give it a go.  

The recording list is interesting - I have heard Dandy Fifth but not the other recordings and, interestingly, it is listed as 'Gaiety Girl' rather than 'Gaiety School'.  I suspect he wrote it but perhaps the score wasn't published.  Thank you very much for the info.  

Hmm, I assumed it was the piece that you meant... maybe there was a Gaiety School too? 

The hunt continues :-)

'A Gaiety Girl' was a very successful musical comedy first performed in 1894, there is a full account of it on Wikipedia etc. I assume that the Oakley recording of 'Gaiety Girl' was perhaps a medley of songs from the show. There were other 'girl' musicals including the 'Runaway Girl' which contains the song 'Soldiers in the Park' recorded by Vess Ossman

Thanks Richard.  That would make sense.

The actual recording that I found is this one entitled 'Gaiety School'.  The composer isn't named unfortunately: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBCVusIn9b0

Gaiety School sounds pretty neat...and very "Oakleighesque" ;-)

From Ian's list, I would like to hear Pidoux play "King Cotton March"...a favorite here in the land o' cotton.

Marc, I think "Oakleighesque" is worthy of the final round of a spelling bee.  

Trapdoor2 said:

Gaiety School sounds pretty neat...and very "Oakleighesque" ;-)

From Ian's list, I would like to hear Pidoux play "King Cotton March"...a favorite here in the land o' cotton.

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