D Ellis & B Howard -Twickenham tonight
Subject: D Ellis & B Howard -Twickenham tonight|
Date: 15 Jan 12 - 06:08 AM
At the Cabbage Patch Pub, 67 London Rd TW1 3SZ
Dave Ellis came down from Liverpool for the London folk club scene 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 the Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert.
Dave became a regular at various London haunts such as the Marquee, the Roundhouse and the Lyceum and also played some higher profile gigs, opening for the Edgar Broughton Band at the Rainbow and Rod Stewart at Reading Festival.
In 1979 Dave formed electric band 'The Reactors' which incorporated guitar, drums and keyboards with Boo Howard playing bass and handling most of the vocals. The band had several managers (including the Police's Kim Turner and later Jackson 5's Jermaine Jackson) and was recorded by a succession of respected producers - but without achieving a commercial release. For almost two decades the band evolved, finally becoming a duo with the name 'Brave Lucy' and producing their only electric album 'Snaps' in 1996.
Dave and Boo's present acoustic partnership began in 1998 with Dave's intricate guitar work and Boo's mellow vocal combining to create something entirely new and all their own to present to the folk and acoustic clubs. Songs are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than entertaining. The mix is eclectic (from folk to jazz to blues to bluegrass) but the songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in tune musicians.
Dave and Boo's debut acoustic recording was 'Maybe I Might Fall' in 1999 and four more albums have followed since.
Their CDs have a classy polished sound - testament to the pair's familiarity with the recording process and of their ability to write and perform at a level every bit the equal of their major label peers.
Their live act has now been honed to perfection in the folk clubs where they have developed a large and faithful following in the south of England.
'Stuff' is Dave Ellis and Boo Howard's latest CD in 2010 which sees cajon and tenor guitar making an appearance for the first time and where, as ever, all the songs are original. This album has had rave reviews as well as receiving some of the national radio coverage it deserves.
A video of the title track on YouTube