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Helen McCookerybook - Poetry and Rhymes (CD)

Genre: Folk
Release Date: 6th October 2008

Label: Floating World
Catalogue Number: BVCD015
Price: £9.99
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Helen McCookerybook - Poetry and Rhymes

Poetry and Rhyme is the second solo album released by Helen McCookerybook.

More than 20 years ago, she played bass for Joby and the Hooligans, a notorious Brighton punk band that evolved into The Chefs, who were favourites of the late John Peel, who played their single '24 Hours' constantly, making it an indie hit. After the demise of The Chefs, Helen formed Helen and the Horns, shifting from bass to guitar and unusually, accompanying her songs only with a 3-piece horn section, and no bass or drums. Again, Peel was fascinated, and they recorded three sessions for him, signing to RCA records shortly afterwards. Helen took a break to raise her family, before an accidental encounter three years ago put her back on the stage as a solo performer, complete with pistachio-green Gretsch and a clutch of brand new songs. Her debut album as a solo artist, Suburban Pastoral (Big Song) was well received, impressing everyone from Bid of The Monochrome Set ('classy') to the Mad Professor ('Dreaming of you!What a song! Very hypnotic').

Poetry and Rhymes features guitar playing from Martin Stephenson, bass playing by Gina Birch, sax from former Horn Paul Davey and some extraordinary fiddle playing from cult folk fiddle player Elle Osborne, supporting Helen's semi-acoustic guitar and vocals; songs range from the mystical 'Properties of Chalk and Sun' and 'Memento Mori' to the rousing 'Screaming'. The release will be supported by live gigs around the UK.

An album written and recorded with Martin Stephenson follows shortly.

The Properties of Chalk and Sun
A Bad Day
A New Day
I Feel It
January in Paris
Poetry and Rhyme
Rock 'n' Romance
Dreaming of Narcissus
Memento Mori


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