Have a Banana!

Have a Banana! is a hilarious, thoughtful look at the power of singalong.

‘Like Bill Bailey meets Brian Cox meets Tommy Cooper...’

‘The more you sing, the more you learn,’ I declare at the start of this “academic workshop” into singalong and popular music. It’s a fun show which asks the big questions: Why are some old songs, especially music hall classics, still potent today? Why do humans crave singalong? And what is it about bananas? But mostly we engage in lots of great chorus singing.

Here’s how one delighted festival audience responded to the show….

The best way to study anything is, of course, to do it. So we sing chorus medleys from popular music (from music hall to punk rock), gospel and World War One. We also enjoy in full some classics such as The Man on the Flying Trapeze.

But woven through the singalong are facts and insights. Back in 1910, for example, there were three million pianos in Britain – one for every 15 people – so Saturday night saw singing down every street. Why is syncopation the enemy of singalong? And how exactly do you create a comic song?

Audiences enjoy the show as a fun concert, but come away with interesting ideas. ‘Music has always been important to me,’ someone told me after a recent show, ‘but I’ve never really thought why. Maybe I looked down a bit on popular songs, but now I can see their power – and how much we need them.’

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Got a spare hour? Here’s a longer audio version of the show: