Comic song about hatching a 'cheese'.
The author of this song, John Craggs, was born at Sunderland in 1849. Author of songs such as 'The M.P. for Jarra' and ' Letter from Hannah', Craggs was awarded a Chater's gold medal in 1874 for his song ' The old cot'. Originally a clerk, John Craggs eventually went on to become a police detective.
The songs forms part of a collection held by Newcastle City Library. The collection comprises much of the original material collected by Thomas Allan for the publication of 'Allan's Tyneside songs'. From original Ned Corvan manuscripts to photographs of Joe Wilson, and correspondence from local figures such as Joseph Cowen, the collection provides a genuinely fascinating glimpse of some of the region's best known composers. The material dates from 1860 to 1890, spanning the dates of the various publications of the book in 1862, 1863, 1864, 1872, 1873 and 1891.