This English duo features Graeme Meek (b. 7 September 1954, Luton, Bedfordshire, England; guitar/vocals), and Barry Goodman (b. 3 December 1950, Sutton, Surrey, England; melodeon/vocals). Life And Times were formed in 1983, and originally included Gregg Lindsay (flute). Meek had earlier been working in various rock bands, including one from his schooldays which included singer Paul Young. Subsequently, Meek worked as one half of a duo called Midas with Debra Arthurs, from 1977-80, playing folk clubs and festivals. The duo only recorded one single, in 1977. Meanwhile, Goodman had spent four years in folk duo Mead, with Steve Rackstraw, then Vermin with Gadfan Edwards, and later Gregg Lindsay, as well as solo work. Luton Museum and Art Gallery published Strawplait And Bonelace in 1983, and the following year, the Eastern Arts Association agreed to help fund Life And Time’s recording of the songbook. Strawplait And Bonelace, was eventually released on Fellside Records, and featured song and music of Bedfordshire life over the past 200 years. During 1986, Shropshire Iron was made into a radio documentary and broadcast by local radio stations around the UK, and during the following year the duo represented Bedfordshire at the English Folk Dance And Song Society National Gathering in London. Shropshire Iron, featuring songs and music of the early industrial revolution, was also released on Fellside Records. From 1985, until February 1991, Meek also presentedThree Counties Folk on BBC Radio Bedfordshire. The duo continue to play festivals and clubs, sometimes in the guise of dance band Time Of Your Life, with Brian Scowcroft (caller/bass), but currently no recordings are imminent.
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