Dave Ellis & Boo Howard
Dave & Boo are a London based duo with a musical partnership that began in 1979.
‘Facebook Friend’ is Dave and Boo’s latest CD released in 2015. All the tunes are brand new, original, and with a diversity of style that defies categorization. Each song has been given the polish and sophistication of the recording studio without losing the intensity that defines the Ellis Howard live performance.
A short biography
Dave Ellis came down from Liverpool for the London folk club scene in the 70’s. He released a solo album on Sonet records, which some consider to be a classic guitar record of its time and which gave him national exposure on the Old Grey Whistle Test and In Concert.
Dave became a regular at various London haunts such as the Marquee, the Roundhouse and the Lyceum and also played some higher profile gigs, opening for the Edgar Broughton Band at the Rainbow and Rod Stewart at Reading Festival.
In 1979 Dave formed 'The Reactors' where he developed his songwriting skills in an electric band context. This is where Boo came into the picture... playing bass and eventually handling most of the vocals. They recorded with various big name producers, they signed with the Police's management company, and Jermaine Jackson (Michael's brother!) took an active interest in them in the States.
Eventually however, Dave and Boo trimmed down to a duo which was renamed 'Brave Lucy' and they recorded their first abum 'Snaps' under that name in 1996.
In 1998 they combined Dave’s intricate guitar work with Boo’s mellow vocals to form an acoustic act, creating something very different in the folk and acoustic clubs. Their debut acoustic recording was ‘Maybe I Might Fall’ in 1999.
The songs are intelligently constructed, elegantly articulated and never less than entertaining. The mix is eclectic (from folk to jazz to blues to bluegrass) but the songs are at the heart of it all, served by imaginative and stylish arrangements and by the singing and playing of two seasoned, wholly in tune musicians.
Their CDs have a classy polished sound - testament to the pair’s familiarity with the recording process and of their ability to write and perform at a level every bit the equal of their major label peers.
Their live act has now been honed to perfection in the folk clubs where they have developed a large faithful following in the south of England.