Sing-a-long Pianist – London, Essex, Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire and Berkshire – Honky Tonk Piano Music

Cockney Sing-along Pianist - Essex, Sussex, Surrey, Kent, Hampshire, or Berkshire

Good Old Fashioned Pub Entertainment – The Way it Used to Be

A fairly recent trend has been to hire me for events as a sing-along pianist. A London pub was the first to hire me for this sort of thing – this was quickly followed by venues in Essex, Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire. At first I wasn’t that enthusiastic about doing sing-alongs, but after doing my first Cockney theme night in London I was hooked. It does require a different type of skill to my normal playing and I really have to try and help the singers come in at the right places and in the right key (if possible!). It would be useless just to bring a book of songs along and play from that – as most of them were published in keys which are difficult for the average person to sing. I’ve had to change the keys of nearly every song in my sing-along repertoire and I have really noticed that the singing now sounds more mellifluous and I hear a lot less screeching!

Cockney Singalong Pianist

Sing-a-long Pianists in the Past

There was a day when nearly every pub had a piano (or  ‘Joanna’) in it and everyone would get around it and sing all the old Cockney favourites. London pub pianists were renowned throughout the country and the East End was considered the Mecca for this style of entertainment. Although London seemed to have more pubs with pianists per square mile, the rest of the country also had their fair share of places where you could go and have a good sing-song. At one time sing-a-long pianists could be heard on the radio and entertainers such as Mrs. Mills and Russ Conway were very successful in their day. Many people had a piano in their homes and before the days of TV everyone used to sing and play musical instruments. Yes, ‘they used to make their own entertainment then’ as you’ve probably heard many times.

Things Move On

These days we play with computers, game consoles and watch telly, but there is still an angel in all of us that is just dying to get out and sing – especially when we’ve had a few drinks. Just look how many people are watching XFactor, and even Karaokes are still popular – especially in the north of England. The only problem with Karaokes is that the only person singing is the one on the microphone and usually that person is the only one enjoying it. An old fasioned sing-a-long allows everyone to sing at the same time and there is nothing like that sound of an honky-tonk pianist churning out those old songs. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Christmas or someones birthday – people like to have a sing-song especially with a pianist.

Hiring Me as a Sing-a-long Pianist

A pianist playing the old Cockney songs will always goes down really well at a private party and it wont take much organising. I can bring along some song sheets and we can just take it from there. My song sheets cover lots of genres besides all the Cockney favourites. I also play songs from the musicals, The Beatles, The Kinks, Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and many other popular artists.

The Song Sheets

Here are the songs that are on the song sheets. However, the number of songs I play is forever increasing and I have to keep amending the song sheets.

Song Sheet No. 1

The Lambeth Walk
Down at the Old Bull and Bush
I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
Maybe it’s Because I’m a Londoner
On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep
Underneath the Arches
Don’t Dilly Dally on the Way
Roll Out the Barrel
Any Old Iron
Knees Up Mother Brown

Song Sheet No. 2

Oh! I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
Let’s All Go Down the Strand
Tulips from Amsterdam
Heart of My Heart
My Old Man’s a Dustman
How Much is that Doggie in the Window
Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow-Wow
For Me and My Gal
Side by Side
Show Me the Way to go Home

Song Sheet No. 3

Hello Dolly
I Could Have Danced All Night
Wouldn’t It Be Loverly
Get Me to the Church on Time
Consider Yourself
I’d Do Anything
Oom Pah Pah

Song Sheet No. 4

Who’s Sorry Now
It Had to be you
I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
Bring Me Sunshine
Happy Days Are Here Again
Shine on Harvest Moon
A’ You’re Adorable
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home

Medley No.5

If You Were the Only Girl in the World
I’m Leaning on a Lamp Post
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag
Where Did You Get That Hat
All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor
Me and My Shadow
When You’re Smiling
Oh You Beautiful Doll
You Made Me Love You
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles

Medley No.6

The Sun has Got His Hat On
Rock a Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
Tip-toe Through the Tulips
Baby Face
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
You Are My Sunshine
Who Were You With Last Night
Rock-a-bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
Pretty Baby
Carolina in the Morning
She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain

Medley No.7

If You Knew Susie
Carolina Moon
Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home
Pretty Baby
Bye Bye Blackbird
Ma, He’s Making Eyes at Me!
Yes Sir! That’s My Baby
I Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight
When the Red, Red, Robin

War Songs Sheet

Run Rabbit Run
Bless ‘Em All
Lili Marlene
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag
The White Cliffs of Dover
Wish Me Luck (As You Wave Me Goodbye)
Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler
We’ll Meet Again

Patriotic Song Sheet

I Vow To Thee My Country
Rule Britannia
There’ll Always Be an England
Land Of Hope and Glory

Pop Song Sheet

Sweet Caroline
I’m a Believer
Daydream Believer
Hi Ho Silver Lining

Beatles Song Sheet

Let it Be
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
When I’m Sixty four
All My Loving
Hey Jude
With a Little Help From My Friends

Christmas Sing-along Sheet No.1

Away in a Manger
Good Christian Men Rejoice
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Silent Night
I Saw Three Ships
Hark the Herald Angels
O Come All Ye Faithful

Christmas Sing-along Sheet No.2

The First Noel
While Shepherds Watched
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Once in Royal David’s City
Good King Wenceslas
Ding Dong Merrily on High
We Three Kings of Orient Are

Christmas Sing-along Sheet No.3

Deck the Halls
Jingle Bells
The Holly and the Ivy
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Sing-along Sheet No.4

Winter Wonderland
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
The Christmas Song
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
White Christmas

If you hire me as a sing-a-long pianist for your party I will make sure that I bring all the words to the above sing-a-long songs on the day.