Street Music for Toffs

This is again from the Epicure’s Almanack, of  early 19th century London: 

“Long’s Hotel, at the corner of Clifford Street [and New Bond St] .. at this and similar resorts of fashion, the gentlemen who lead the ton [ie the ultra idle and fashionable] in dress and amusement philosophize their hours. In an evening they are generally entertained by bands of Savoyard Pandeans with their music-mills, who grind and puff away in the porches, for the entertainment of the mobs without, as well as the nobles within. ..

tinerant musicians with music-mills or hurdy-gurdies (an sometimes monkeys) were known both as Savoyards and Pandeans, but a Pandean band would also have employed mouth organs resembling pan-pipes.”

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