Fourth Friday January 27th

Poetry from Peter Phillips and Jon Sayers.  Music from Dave Ellis & Boo Howard.

Peter Phillips
 is a London  poet.  His fourth collection is No School Tie (Ward Wood Publishing). He has three previous collections from  Hearing Eye Books:  Frayed at the Edges; Looking for You;  Wide Skies, Salt  and Best Bitter.  He has co-written with Ian Purser two one-act plays set in the world of  writing: Stressed Ending and The Green Room

Jon Sayers trained as an actor and singer at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before embarking on a long career as an advertising copywriter.  His Radio 4 play, A World Full of Weeping, a ghost story featuring the poetry of Yeats, was a Radio Times pick of the week.  He has twice won the Literary Review Poetry Competition, and is now concentrating on poetry full time.  Jon has studied with Don Paterson, Christopher Reid, Kathryn Simmonds, Maurice Riordan, John Stammers and Clare Pollard.  He was recently heard as the voice of the moon in an ad for McDonalds Happy Meals.

Dave Ellis & Boo Howard are based in London with a musical partnership that began in 1979. Dave Ellis came to London from Liverpool in 1970. He released a solo album on Sonet records in 1973 which is considered by some to be a classic guitar record of the 70s and which gave him national exposure on shows such as the Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert.  Discovering life after folk clubs, Dave became a regular at the Marquee and played some unusual supports, including gigs with the Edgar Broughton Band at the Rainbow and Rod Stewart at Reading Festival.  In 1979 Dave formed The Reactors with Boo Howard playing bass and handling most of the vocals in the band.  Business interest followed with some high profile managers – the Police’s Kim Turner and Jackson 5′s Germaine Jackson. In 1994 Dave and Boo self-produced their only electric album Snaps under their later band name Brave Lucy. Dave and Boo’s present acoustic partnership really began in 1998 with Dave’s intricate guitar work and Boo’s mellow vocal combining to create something entirely new and all their own. Their music is completely original and ‘Maybe I Might Fall’ was their debut CD in 1999. This was followed by ‘Amber’ in 2002 and a remastering of Dave’s original 1974 Sonet album for CD in 2003. Dave has become known around the clubs for his unique guitar style plus his highly individual banjo tunes, while Boo completes their sound with her exceptional voice and superb bass playing. After 30+ years of singing together their harmonies fit like a glove. They play venues mainly around the south east of England where they have developed a loyal following. More albums have followed… in 2004 Late In The Day, and in 2007 Living On Light. There has also been a DVD of live performances, recording sessions and rehearsals in 2006. Their latest CD is Stuff in 2010 with a cajon and a tenor guitar making an appearance for the first time. All the tunes on the album, as ever, are original.

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