Dan Sealey joins his father to recreate the music of Cosmotheka
Dave Sealey, the remaining member of the renowned music hall duo, Cosmotheka, is joining forces with his son, Dan to recreate some of the old musical mayhem for which the original duo was so famous.
Dan Sealey, having grown up with the songs, has his own take on the material. An accomplished professional musician, as bass player with the rock group Ocean Colour Scene, he is no stranger to the big stage.
Dan’s guitar skills and dry wit introduce a compelling new dimension to the 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?
The story of the Cosmotheca …
The Cosmotheca was a music hall in a less-than-salubrious area of Marylebone, London, between 1857 and 1869. As Al and Dave would usually explain at the start of their “act”, “It’s a funny name, isn’t it? Sounds like a Greek fish & chip shop… The Cosmotheca was a music hall. It was a bit dirty, a bit seedy and a bit run-down… and we sing music hall songs, and we’re a bit dirty, a bit seedy and a bit run-down.” (The curious word “cosmotheka” is apparently Greek for “the world is a stage”.)
… and Cosmotheka
From 1972 to 1999, Dave & Al Sealey were Cosmotheka. Performing the songs of the 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, and their many fans included Roy Hudd, Bob Monkhouse and Chas & Dave.
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, and now the next generation is taking part, and Dave’s son, Dan Sealey, will this year be joining his father to recreate “a lot of the old songs, with a new twist”.
… among a very small band of peformers who can make us feel the power and perfection of our only true folk music – the Music of the Halls…