Stitch in Time: A Knitting Cabaret

 

 

Excitement!  Drama!  Romance!  And... knitting?

A scintillating evening of the lost knitting songs of WWI and WWII from Canada, Britain, America and France.  Feel free to bring your knitting (or crochet), and stitch along to these funny, poignant, tow-tapping, needle-clicking tunes.  Come out and have a ball

 

 

During the two World Wars, millions of women knit for the soldiers.  Popular music often reflected the trends of the time, and mere days after the first bullet was fired, dozens of knitting-themed songs started to appear.  These songs ranged from ballads (heartfelt and sentimental), to propaganda songs (usually marches, to encourage the sentiment that knitting was a homefront type of soldiering), to novelty tunes (a humourous, tongue-in-cheek look at the wartime knitting craze).

After the wars these songs were essentially lost, and this concert is the first time that many of them have been performed in 100 years. Some of the songs were very close to disappearing forever, and with Stitch in Time, this music — a clever, sweet and entertaining footnote in history — has been preserved, and given a chance to live again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch in Time features over a dozen historic songs, including:  More Power to Your Knitting, Nell!, The Knitting Itch, and Knocking at the Knitting Club. breathless. 

 

"Gall's gorgeous voice wraps around you like a cozy afghan."

Stitch in Time has been performed in venues all around the world, ranging from the Edinburgh Fringe, theatres throughout the United Kingdom, and the National Museum of Military History in Luxembourg.

Performed at:

  • Edinburgh Fringe, 2016
  • New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth 2016
  • East Riding Theatre, 2015
  • Regina Fringe, 2015
  • Winnipeg Fringe Festival, 2015
  • Potashcorp Fringe, 2015
  • National Museum, Luxembourg 2014

Outreach and Workshops Available

To book a performance of Stitch in Time, contact:

music(at)melaniegall.com.

© 2017 by Melanie Gall