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Neville Skelly

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You might think you know what to expect from the record of a lad from Liverpool, who grew up on a council estate and got lost in music like so many others like him. But if you’re thinking that Neville Skelly’s magical new album draws upon The Beatles or The La’s or anything like that, you’d be wrong. This particular lad draws from a different source, namely that of jazz, of crooners and of big bands. Neville’s musical ancestors are not Lennon or McCartney, but Cole Porter and George Gershwin.

Much like the music contained within, the musical genesis of ‘Poet The Dreamer’ has been far from typical of the path trodden by most young Liverpool musicians. Or indeed, any modern British musicians. Neville cut his teeth not in the traditional dingy gig venues, but in working men’s clubs, bars and cruise liners, and in a succession of big bands. This though, did not satisfy the young troubadour, and he returned home in search of something more personal, something musically deeper. He formed a friendship with some of Liverpool’s most famous modern sons - The Coral - whose influence and encouragement to write led to a fresh batch of songs and a new, confident direction. Now, only now, Neville Skelly is ready.

The songs on ‘Poet & The Dreamer’ are drawn from over two decades of writing and are therefore, as you might expect, both varied and strong.

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