During World War I, thousands upon thousands of women contributed to the war effort by knitting woolen socks, wristlets and other garments for
their soldiers fighting overseas. Knitting, which in the early 20th Century had fallen out of fashion, became the task of anyone old enough to hold
a pair of needles. Popular music reflected this sudden knitting craze. Women were ‘Knitting all the Day’ and they were singing about it, too.
The songs mirrored the loneliness women felt when their sons and husbands went overseas (Each Stitch is a Thought of You) and the way girls put their
knitting duty before everything else (And Then She Knit,Knit, Knit). Knitting circles were still the best place for a gossip (Knocking at the Knitting Club)
and even the sometimes badly-knitted garments that were sent to the trenches ended up as musical fodder (I Wonder Who’s Knitting for Me).
Through knitting, the ‘Soldier Girls at Home’ were an integral part of the war effort.
Classical singer Melanie Gall brings new life to these never-before-recorded lost gems. Gall, an internationally-acclaimed vocalist, has traveled to Africa, South America and the Caribbean to perform at the Semaine de la Francophonie, and she’s been a regular performer at the American Spring Festival in the Czech Republic.
Opera roles have included Gilda, La Fée, The Queen of the Night and Lima Energelly in the North American premiere of the Hebrew Opera And the Rat Laughs. Melanie is based in New York, and has sung at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
In the summer of 2011, Melanie wrote and toured two shows throughout Canada and the USA. ‘My Pal Izzy’ was based on the early life of Irving Berlin, and ‘The
Sparrow and The Mouse: Creating the Music of Edith Piaf’ was about French chanteuse Edith Piaf and her half-sister Simone.
Melanie and her sister Deborah host a popular knitting online radio show, The Savvy Girls Podcast, where they share their knitting (and other) adventures
with listeners around the world.
Other commercial recordings include: Min HaLev (Sephardic and Hebrew melodies), and La Nuit en Rose (songs from the cabarets of France).
"Delivered with style and skill by a master performer" (The Edmonton Sun)
"A voice the has an ocean of depth" (London Free Press)