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Murder in Nantwich - Back to the 1910's

Updated: May 22

Don't worry - I'm fine. Nothing to worry about.

Sadly, however, the same could not be said for the Captain of the SS Richmond Villages, Nantwich, who - on Thursday 16th May 2024 hosted a Murder Mystery for their residents and put on quite the show for them.

And this Murder Mystery took place on - you guessed it - a cruise ship!

Set shortly after the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, this exciting afternoon was set up in the restaurant of Nantwich's Richmond Villages to resemble a cruise ship restaurant.

And what is no cruise ship restaurant complete without?

A pianist, of course!

Luckily, I lived to see the whole thing to its conclusion, and I was very glad to do so as I had prepared quite an exciting set of music I'd barely - if ever - played before; music from the 1910's.

So, armed with iPad and setlist in hand, I busked my way through:

  • Baby Bumble Bee

  • Moonlight Bay

  • Waiting for the Robert E. Lee

  • I Love You Truly

  • When You Were Sweet Sixteen

  • My Gal Sal

  • In the Good Old Summertime

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy

  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart

  • Casey Jones

  • Come, Josephine in My Flying Machine

  • Oh! You Beautiful Doll

  • The Darktown Strutter's Ball

  • Livery Stable Blues

  • They Didn't Believe Me

  • Where the River Shannon Flows

  • Alexander's Ragtime Band

  • Shine On Harvest Moon

  • Londonderry Air

  • A Good Man is Hard to Find

  • America, the Beautiful

  • When Irish Eyes are Smiling

  • You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)

  • After You've Gone

It took a bit of research to find out what was popular in the 1910's, as I didn't know much at all, but I think I ticked the mood with a mixture of upbeat swingy pieces and some more downbeat ballads.

Thank you to the staff and residents at Richmond Villages, Nantwich, and I look forward to playing for you again very soon!


Jack Mitchell Smith is a piano teacher based in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Click here to find out more.

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