THE NEON COLLECTIVE
The Neon Collective takes its name from Neon Sound Studios in Burntwood, where this group of singer-songwriters met every month for some years. In order to expand and to secure the future of the group, they moved their monthly session to The White Lion in Walsall and have now started their own gigs in and around the West Midlands. Some members of the group are already very familiar to regulars of The Bradford Arms Folk Club but this will be an opportunity to see some of the group who are less frequent visitors to our club.
Christmas Party Night with COSMOTHEKA
(including Christmas party food)
Before 31st Nov: £8/£12
After 31st Nov: £10/£12
(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'.