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Thursday 27 March 2008

Chris Difford & Boo Hewerdine Set To Link Up @ Komedia

A special collaboration from two of today's finest songwriters as Squeeze's Chris Difford performs with critically acclaimed songwriter Boo Hewerdine.
Chris Difford: Brighton's Current Squeeze

If you're a fan of British pop music, Chris Difford needs no introduction.

As one-half of the songwriting team behind Squeeze, he's responsible for of some of the most-loved music of the early 80s: albums such as Cool For Cats, Argybargy, East Side Story were best sellers in the U.K. and were favorites in American too.

Trouser Press lauded their "finely etched pop music," notable for its "witty humor, variety and freshness," while the Rolling Stone Record Guide was impressed by the songs' "deft combination of melody and characterization."

He hasn't been resting on his laurels since those albums. A much sought after songwriter, he's collaborated on songs with stars such as Elton John and Bryan Ferry, legendary Motown songwriter/producer Lamont Dozier, Marti Pellow and Hi Records mastermind Willie Mitchell.

His songwriting workshops and web-casts have attracted a wide range of musicians, including Cathy Dennis, Turin Brakes and Jane Birkin.

His writer's workshops are now so popular he has to run two a year.

He also wrote the lyrics for Still Crazy a 2002 musical comedy about the comeback of a 70s rock band, which was nominated for a Golden Globe and won Chris the prestigious Ivor Novello award.

The life and career Boo Hewerdine first began to blossom with the cult group he formed in the mid-Eighties, The Bible, whilst working in a record shop in Cambridge.

Upon their break-up, Boo began to write with and for other artists, including a critically acclaimed album with country singer Darden Smith and pop acts such as Natalie Imbruglia.

Long time friend Nick Hornby also arranged for Boo to contribute music to the soundtrack of the movie High Fidelity.


Chris Difford And Boo Hewerdine visit Komedia on Wednesday 9 April at 8.30pm.

Tickets are £14 available on-line at www.komedia.co.uk/brighton or from the Box Office on 01273 647100 (booking fees apply).



by: Mike Cobley


   

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