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27th June and 4th July 2020
> Yulefest Dinner & Show Saturday nights at 6.30pm
Enjoy a warming Mulled Wine on arrival, before sitting down to a sumptuous
3-course Christmas-in-July menu; »view & download the dinner menu PDF«
This year, The Goon Show LIVE! at Yulefest will feature a live band!
Those in the know are well aware of the important contribution of the musical talents of Wally Stott, Ray Ellington, Max Geldray and the army of London-based session musicians were to the Goon Show .
While we cannot replicate the wonderful Ray Elligton Quartet or Wally Stott’s orchestra, this year’s Goon-type experience will be elevated by the addition of talented musicians hand-picked by our much-loved maestro, who our audiences are already well familiar with, Andrew Russell.
This band will play the interludes, links and so-on, as well as joining in the with the odd sound effects to add that authentic Goons touch.
About the music in the original Goon Show
Orchestral introductions, links and accompaniment were provided by a hand-picked big band made up of London-based session musicians. The arrangements and musical direction were done by Wally Stott from the third to the 10th series. Stott produced many arrangements and link passages, further improved by the first-class sound quality the BBC engineers managed to achieve. Members of the band featured prominently in the comedy proceedings, particularly jazz trombonist George Chisholm who frequently played Scots characters. The show’s concluding music was usually either “Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead” or a truncated and ironic rendition of the Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades’) march, followed by Max Geldray and the Ray Ellington Quartet playing “Crazy Rhythm” as play-out music.
In keeping with the variety requirements of the BBC’s “light entertainment” format, The Goon Show scripts were structured in three acts, separated by two musical interludes. These were provided by the Ray Ellington Quartet – who performed a mixture of jazz, rhythm & blues and calypso songs – and by harmonica virtuoso Max Geldray who performed mostly middle of the road numbers and jazz standards of the 30s and 40s accompanied by the big band. Both Ellington and Geldray also made occasional cameo appearances; Ellington was often drafted in to play stereotypical “black” roles such as a tribal chieftain, native bearer or Major Bloodnok’s nemesis (and counterpoint to Bloodnok’s affliction) “The Red Bladder”.
All the original episodes below are Goon favourites, and represent some of our most-asked-for stories. They will all be featuring in this year’s Yulefest Blue Mountains shows.
Come and enjoy a special Christmas-in-July, Goon-style…
The Dreaded Batter Pudding Hurler
Series 5, Episode 3, First broadcast on October 12, 1954. Script by Spike Milligan. Produced by Peter Eton.
Inspector Ned Seagoon investigates a reign of terror in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Lurgi Strikes Britain
Series 5, Episode 7, First broadcast on November 9, 1954. Script by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes. Produced by Peter Eton.
A mysterious disease swamps Britain. The first, and most ugly symptom of this horrible disease is an uncontrollable urge to yell, “Eeeeeyuckaboo!”
A Christmas Carol
Series 10, Episode 1, First broadcast on Dec, 24, 1959. Script by Spike Milligan. Produced by John Browell.
It’s the time of goodwill and custard so join the festive fun with Scrooge and Neddie Scratchit in A Christmas Carol (by kind permission).
Laughter is the best medicine; share this and tell the world…