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The singers and musicians who have entertained us.

Believed to have been in existence for over 55,000 years, music has been some part of every culture, everywhere. From the human voice (which may have been the first "instrument") to pipes, flutes, and drums and then into full blown orchestras, music has evolved but its purpose remains the same - to express, and support, the human psyche.

While music today depends on technological advancements, a couple of centuries ago almost everyone played an instrument or even had a family band. Before radio and television, the evening entertainment consisted of games and music - both supplied by the family. These are pictures of some of those family bands and some of the musicians who supplied entertainment to those of us who were less talented!