Cosmotheka : Dave Sealey solo
Dave Sealey: Solo

The work of Dave Sealey as a solo artiste

Dave Sealey

Dave has developed two superb one-man shows about two of our best-loved entertainers: Max Miller and Stanley Holloway. Follow the links to find out more about each show, and visit the Gigs page for details of where to see Dave performing.

Dave's involvement in the entertainment world stretches right back to the early 1960's. His first recording contract was with EMI, when he cut his debut single at the legendary Abbey Road Studios.

At that time, he was fronting a rock band calling themselves 'The Chances Are'. A couple of years later he transformed himself from rock singer to ballad singer and picked up his second record deal with Dick James Music. This time he was accompanied by fifty-piece orchestras and backing vocalists including the Ladybirds (formerly the Vernon's Girls), the Mike Sammes Singers and on one famous occasion, Sir Elton John.

In 1972, he formed the double-act with his brother, Al, which was to change his life. They specialised in the more neglected comedy material from that wonderful tradition. The act took them all over the world, from Port Stanley town hall to the deserts of Oman; from Hong Kong breakfast television to the Rocky Mountains. They made countless radio recordings (no less than six national Radio 2 series) and their numerous television appearances included, 'Roy Hudd's Halls of Fame', The Bob Monkhouse Show'. 'Chas and Dave's Christmas Knees-Up' and The Good Old Days'.

But it all began in the folk clubs. Dave and Al started with the premise that, like the clubs, the early Music Halls were simply rooms in the backs of pubs where people could gather together to sing. Theirs was the music of those people and they performed those wonderful old songs in the firm belief that they held a rightful place in the traditional folk song heritage of this country.

Since the tragic death of his brother, Al, in 1999, Dave has worked in various collaborations and has also embarked on a solo career. With a rich, rib-tickling mix of songs, stories, original titles and monologues he's been raising the roof at clubs and festivals throughout the UK. Clearly then, the Cosmotheka tradition, the Spirit of the Halls, still lives on.

Sealey has an easygoing manner and builds a warm relationship with his audience. He slips in and out of Holloway's persona with the simple aid of a pair of specs. He easefully adopts the trade-mark Holloway working-man accents and a strange thing happens... you are no longer listening to charming songs from the past, but to works that are vital parts of our performance and social heritage. Rod Dungane - ReviewsGate

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