Alice and Angelo Palladino were primarily influenced by the songs of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison as well as the poetry of Dylan Thomas and Wilfred Owen when they set up this hard-working folk duo. Angelo was born in London, England, though his father was a prisoner of war whose origins can be traced to Caserta, near Naples in Italy. His rich musical heritage was provided as part of a large, extended family who all lodged with their grandmother in the East End of London. As a ‘Teddy Boy’ he was exposed to primal American rock ‘n’ roll at an early age, but his background ensured he listened to everything from Howlin’ Wolf to Astor Piazzolla to Hank Williams. Alice met Angelo as a young singer on the London club circuit, and quickly entered both a professional and private relationship. By this time Angelo had been through a number of jobs, including asphalter, docker, factory worker and road digger. These experiences would inform the lyrics to the duo’s debut album, Boom Town. This strong collection of songs documented the decline of community in East London and the mining settlements of Yorkshire in which both had spent time since starting their career. Titles such as ‘I Won’t Be Going South’ documented self-explanatory emotions with a sympathetic production from John Ravenhall. The album was built on a cohesive musical framework established with a decade of touring throughout the UK and Europe.
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