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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 or from the Box Office on 01273 647100 (booking fees apply).

by: Mike Cobley


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Bringing their spectral indie pop to The Green Door Store, this Autumn, Gengahr's Brighton date is just one of a slew of intimate UK shows.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Sarah McQuaid sets out on her final UK tour before she takes a year-long break from the road to record a new album. 

The Passion of Remembrance, the 1986 groundbreaking feature film by Isaac Julien & Maureen Blackwood that defined the Black experience in the UK, is to be screened at Brighton's Duke of York's. 

Like many a British musician before him, Billy Bragg, bard of Barking, singer songwriter, political activist, and musical historian has made no secret of his obsession with the songs and the mythology of the Americas, not least those of his artistic and philosophical forebear Woody Guthrie.  

It is unusual to find Joni Mitchell's River alongside Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, but that’s exactly what happens on Katie Melua's latest record, In Winter.
Photo By James Bellorini

In 2015 William Rennie, 26, originally from Cardiff, and Darwin Prakash, 23, from Delhi in India, were participants of Glyndebourne Academy, based in Sussex, a talent development project for outstanding young singers who face barriers to following a standard path towards music college or a professional singing career.

Brighton-based tailor Gresham Blake's bold and inventive take on traditional suits has generated interested worldwide, with an impressive list of clientele including Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), Plan B, Steve Coogan and Ray Winstone among many others.

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A talented new filmmaker from Brighton has been making waves internationally with an award-winning short film that sheds light on Asperger's Syndrome.

Nina Conti whipped out her monkey early. It's a puppet and she used it to get to know that evening's Brighton Dome audience. It's a clever trick from a genius act as it's also a way for Nina to identify who,. later in the act, is going to be chosen to don one of her famous ventriloquist masks.

Described by the BBC as a 'spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp', The RPMs have plenty to celebrate as they follow the release of their debut EP Digital Disobedience with a coveted support slot on the Buzzcocks 40th anniversary show in Brighton.
Photo Credit: Alison Baskerville

All the profits from a new necklace designed by an award-winning Brighton based jewellery and gift company, will go to the Women for Women International (WFWI), a charity dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help restore the hope and future of women survivors of conflict.

Two thousand people rallied together to join the fight against dementia at Alzheimer's Society's Brighton Memory Walk, last Saturday (8th October 2016).

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