Christmas Party Night with COSMOTHEKA
NOTE: This will now be held upstairs in the usual folk club room.
Doors open 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.
(The curious word 'cosmotheka' is Greek for 'the world is a stage'.)
The 'Cosmotheka' was a music hall in a less-than- salubrious area of Marylebone, London, between 1857 and 1869. As Al and Dave would usually explain at the start of their act,
"It's a funny name, isn't it? Sounds like a Greek fish & chip shop."
"The Cosmotheka was a music hall. It was a bit dirty, a bit seedy and a bit run-down... and we sing music hall songs, and we're a bit dirty, a bit seedy and a bit run-down."
From 1972 to 1999, Dave & Al Sealey were Cosmotheka. Performing the songs of the Halls, they were considered by many to be the finest interpreters of the genre and appeared at venues across the country and around the world. There were numerous radio series and television appearances, and their many fans included Roy Hudd, Bob Monkhouse and Chas & Dave.
Since the tragic death of Al Sealey in 1999, Dave has returned to the stage in many collaborations, and often as a solo artiste, including one-man-shows of the work of two iconic performers: Stanley Holloway and Max Miller. Now the next generation is taking part; and Dave's son, Dan Sealey, along with pianist Adam Barry, will this year be joining Dave to recreate 'a lot of the old songs, with a new twist'.
Andy runs his own folk club in Stafford called 'Fun Folk' and that's exactly what you'll get with Andy: he sings and plays guitar but the emphasis is on FUN.
WILL MORGAN and IAN DEMPSEY ROBBINS
If you've never heard Will - where have you been? Will is a one-man evening of fun entertainment. He is a singer, a guitarist and a superb player of the mouth-organ. Many of his songs will have tears of laughter rolling down your cheeks. He sings many of Jake Thackray's songs with such expression that it is impossible not to laugh, even if you've seen and heard them a hundred times before!
With the superb backing of Ian, on bass, this is simply brilliant entertainment, not to be missed.
Caitlin & Chris
Press the play button below to hear a song from Caitlin & Chris.
The Song of the Staffordshire Men.MP3
Caitlin & Chris first came to the Bradford Arms on a Performers' Night and we were so impressed by their set that we asked them to return for a Showcase Spot. We have had so many requests to hear more from them that we have now booked them for a full evening as our Guest Artistes. Why not come along to see if you agree with us?