Singing sensation Sophie marks riotous year

12th August 2010



Green Bay has taken 'Over the Rainbow' finalist Sophie Evans back in time to the Tonypandy riots of 1910 for her latest television appearance.

The Rhondda singer - who starred in BBC ONE's search for a Dorothy - dressed in full period costume as a Music Hall performer to deliver a version of the popular hit of the era 'All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor'. The song was popular in the Valleys at the time of the disturbances with the word "striker" in place of "sailor".

Green Bay filmed Sophie for a BBC ONE Wales television programme to be shown marking the Centenary of the Riots in November 2010.

"We found a version of the popular song that was sung in Tonypandy's three Music Halls 100 years ago," said Sophie. "Local people back then changed the lyrics to reflect the rough-and-tumble of the conflict between the miners and the police. Preparing to perform it, I've been talking to some real experts in the history and I've learnt so much about the history of my own hometown."


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