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Currently reduced to pensioner poverty in London's East End Ida Barr - our very own doyen of music-hall/rap fusion - is keen to re-establish herself as a creative artist and to this is currently showcasing her unique 'stylie' at venues around the country. Thrill to her version of Missy Elliot's She's a Bitch and get down as Ida drops some rhymes about the topics that matter - her home help, flu jabs and the fall she had doing the Hokey Cokey last Diwali in her sheltered accommodation. (Thabo Mbeki Court - formerly Winnie Mandela House, E9).
"NO ONE MASHES UP MUSIC HALL AND RAP LIKE BARR" Evening Standard
Ida first appeared on the British stage as an infant in a pantomime at the turn of the last century singing A Marrow's A Banana's Father, the song that made her name. Since then 'the original ragtime girl' has survived wars, the decline of variety, the break-up of her marriage to 'the only Scottish Yiddisher fusilier in the Irish Guards' and recurrent financial embarrassment.
broadcasts include Ginger Nation (C4), So What If I Am? (Radio 4), Abba Documentary
(1st Independent/Polygram), Dating Hell (Action Time), Bedhopping (Gimlet TV/C),
A Salted Nut (Paramount Comedy Channel), The Third Party (Polari/C4), Piccadilly
Pickups (Millivers Feature Film).