Opinions Of The Press
Arthur Lloyd. - We understand that this popular comic vocalist had the honour of singing, by special invitation, before H. R. H. the Prince of Wales and a select party of noblemen, at Whitehall, a few evenings since, to the great delight of the Prince and those present. - Glasgow Citizen.
Right - Front cover of the Arthur Lloyd Song Book kindly sent in by Pat Wheatley
Mr. Arthur Lloyd's Comic Concerts. - The first of two concerts announced by Mr. Arthur Lloyd came off last evening in the Round Room of the Rotundo, and since the time of Jullien, we do not remember to have seen so crowded and fashionable an audience in it as assembled on Saturday evening. The reserved seats, balconies, and promenade were packed full by ladies and gentlemen, attracted by the very high reputation which preceded the persons who were able to take part in the entertainment. We are happy in being able to say that they fully succeeded in making a capital first impression on a Dublin audience, and in justifying all that has been spoken and written of their performances in other places, and we have seldom "sat out an evening" more pleasantly than on the occasion when Mr. Lloyd and his associates made their debut at the Rotundo. The performances, which were of a very varied character, opened with Mr. A. Lloyd singing the very clever comic song of "The Swell" which he gave admirable pantomimic effect. He was enthusiastically applauded and encored. Speaking of encores, we might as well here remark that every song given during the evening was re-demanded. This is a great bore to the performers as well as to the great majority of a respectable audience, and the sooner it is put down the better. An occasional encore being complied with is nothing more than fair, but to repeat every song in the programme is too much of a good thing. Musicians, no matter whether they may be vocalists or instrumentalists, should be firm in resisting noisy demands for repetitions, and encores should not be given unless the desire for it was beyond doubt expressed by the great majority of those present, In the medley of "The Song of Songs," Mr. Lloyd's "make up" and style were "immense," and produced any amount of merriment. It is needless to say that he had to sing it a second time. And Mr. Lloyd's rendering of the comic song of "The Ballet Girl," was one of the best things in the serio-comic vain that we have heard. We have not space at our disposal to go into furthur details of last night's entertainment, which was one of the most attractive things of the kind that has been produced here for a long time. - Dublin Freeman's Journal.
Mr. Arthur Lloyd's Concert - The public have seldom had so good an opportunity of making acquaintance with the popular comic songs and singers of the day than was afforded by the concert given on Wednesday night, by Mr. Arthur Lloyd, assisted by a talented company of artists. That the somewhat unusual character of the entertainment was appreciated was abundantly shown by the crowded audience in all parts of the house. Mr. Arthur Lloyd's wide celebrity as a comic vocalist was the main feature of the attraction, and his varied and amusing performances were received with great applause, his genial humour, untinged by the slightest shade of coarseness, rendering him an immediate and general favourite. - Newcastle Chronicle.
Left - Inside Front cover of the Arthur Lloyd Song Book kindly sent in by Pat Wheatley giving details of the opinions of the Press on his songs.
Arthur Lloyd's Concert. - Should any one desire to banish melancholy and "throw physic to the dogs," we strongly recommend a visit to Arthur Lloyd's concert-room. Amongst the varied amusements which at present offer the attractions, we know of none more enjoyable. Mr. Lloyd is so well known that it is almost superfluous to say he is original and irresistibly comic. - Daily Express, Oct. 25th , 1866.
"Not For Joseph." - Thanks to Mr. S. D. Jeffs, our enterprising townsman, one of the best opportunities lately afforded for an evening's hearty enjoyment was on Tuesday last at the Royal Pavilion by Mr. Arthur Lloyd, the popular Metropolitan music-hall star. His eccentricities and singing kept the audience in a continual roar, and again and again he was encored, and when he gave his great and famous song, "Not for Joseph," the applause was really deafening. The entertainment was repeated Wednesday evening. The room was filled to repletion on each occasion. - Brighton Gazette.
Mr. Arthur Lloyd. - On this side of the Channel "Comic" Concerts," or buffo singing of any kind, were almost entirely unknown, until Mr. Lloyd, some nine months ago, introduced them to this city, and met with the most marked and brilliant success. The concert on Monday evening was opened by "The Street Musician," given by Mr. Lloyd in his best style, and varied by his burlesque clarinet performance, which was really the best thing we have ever heard. Mr. Lloyd also gave "Beef, Pork, and Mutton," "Cruel Mary Holder," "The Millingtary Band," "Song of Songs," and finished with the renowned "Constantinople ." It is needless to observe that he was encored and cheered in each till the large Pillar Room, crowded densely in every part, rang again with applause. Altogether the success of Mr. Lloyd and his petite company was both real, unequivocal, and deserved. More we cannot say, but must leave the endorsing of our opinion to our readers, who should not fail to visit Mr. Lloyd's salon during his twelve night's stay in the city. - Dublin Shipping Mercantile Gazette, Oct 23, 1866.
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