Whitby Folk Week...
Except, perhaps: UNBEATABLE! - Keith Kendrick
Following the rapturous standing ovation
given to COSMOTHEKA at the 2017
Bromyard Folk Festival 50th anniversary,
Dave & Dan Sealey have been
catapulted back into the limelight, back into
the rough and tumble working class world of
the Music Hall.
Rubbing shoulders with comedy giants like
Gus Elan, Harry Champion, and the rest,
they’ve picked up the trail, first blazed by
Dave and his late brother, Al, leading to‘sweet Saturday a bellyful of, “Boiled Beef and
Carrots”, a bellyful of ale, and a bellyful of
laughs at some of the greatest songs ever
And now, like all time travellers, they’re back,
and they’ve brought those wonderful songs
back with them. For Cosmotheka, these
absurdly comic masterpieces are no longer
For a while Dave and Dan were accompanied by Adam Barry on keyboards (see below) but now they are performing as a duo. Just like the old duo with Dave and Al, Dave and Dan have that 'family voice' happening.
Dave is back with his son Dan, former bassist with Ocean Colour Scene. They present a great show as a duo, performing the songs of the halls - the Music Halls. Yes, the next generation is stepping up.
Expect a lot of the old songs, and the great patter, with a new twist.
Dan's guitar skills and dry wit introduce a compelling new dimension to the Cosmotheka collaboration. As instigator of the new venture, Dan is determined to drag his crusty, ancient, musical relic of a father shouting and bawling into the twenty-first century. So far, he's winning hands down. What on earth would Harry Champion say?
From 1972 to 1999, Dave & Al Sealey were Cosmotheka. Performing the songs of the Music 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. Their roots, however, remained firmly in the world of the people's entertainment: the upstairs room at the pub, the folk festival, the village hall.
Since the tragic death of Al in 1999, Dave Sealey has returned to the stage in many collaborations.