Brothers Dave Sealey (b. 20 February 1946, Redditch, Worcestershire, England) and Al Sealey (b. Alan Sealey, 18 May 1940, Redditch, Worcestershire, England, d. 16 December 1999, England), formed their modern day ‘music hall act’ in 1971, making their debut at a folk club in Stratford-upon-Avon. Both had previously sung, Al with a Midlands-based folk group, while Dave had released a number of singles in his own right. The stage name, Cosmotheka, was taken from an old time music hall located in Paddington, London. During the mid-70s, the pair were invited to appear onSaturday Night At The Mill, on BBC television, with Sandy Powell. This in turn led to a number of appearances on BBC’s lunch-time showPebble Mill At One. It also resulted in them being given their first radio series, on BBC Radio 4, and their own mini-series A Postcard From Cosmotheka. They guested on numerous television shows where their verbal dexterity and a wealth of double entendres proved popular. They produced a number of albums that recalling the heyday of the music hall, keeping alive the songs of singers such as Harry Champion. The duo appeared at folk festivals, arts festivals and arts centres throughout the British Isles, and overseas. In addition to their music hall show, These Are The Days, the brothers wrote and performed The Black Sheep Of The Family, a show chronicling the life and songs of singer Fred Barnes. The show was debuted at the Purcell Room, on London’s South Bank and was presented on national radio. For BBC Radio 2, Dave and Al wrote and performed Wot A Mouth, a ‘definitive life story’ of singer Harry Champion. Yet another diversion from their usual act was the tribute to variety artists of the 30s and 40s, called In The Box. Al Sealey died of pneumonia in December 1999. Dave Sealey continues to perform solo and also in various collaborations.
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