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AofA People: Alfie Thomas – Performer, Composer, Musician

Reading Time: 3 minutes Alfie Thomas plays the accordion and keyboards, sings backing vocals, and composes. Alfie was born in Middlesbrough to Belgian and Cockney parentage. He is a Soho resident and is part of the Society of Imaginary Friends. What is your age? 60 Where do you live? London What do you do? I am half of a […]

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AofA People: Richard Strange – Musician, Actor, Writer, Teacher

Reading Time: 3 minutes Richard Strange, 66, is a polymath and a wonderfully flamboyant character. Not only does he run the abundantly eclectic Cabaret Futura – we went to the first series in a strip club in Soho – on the third Monday of every month at The Paradise in Kensal Rise, he’s actually back on tour at this […]

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AofA Interview: Ray Jones – Singer/Songwriter

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ray Jones, 65, is a Portobello veteran despite his Taff roots. Infamously, he edited the Roughler in the 80s, which a Portobello mixture of Tatler and Sniffin’ Glue. More recently, he has published 3,000 Hangovers Later which is a compelling photographic account of The Warwick Castle during the same era. Ever-prolific, he now has a […]

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AofA Culture Interview: Suzi Quatro – Musician, Poet

Reading Time: 3 minutes Suzi Quatro, 66, is still out there in those leather trousers. She was the first female bass player to become a rock star. Pre-punk!!! Next Friday, Oct 21st, she will be reading from her collection of poems and lyrics, Through My Eyes at the Archway Tavern in London. As part of the Archway With Words […]

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I spent a lifetime trying to be someone else – now I’m free to be me

Reading Time: 3 minutes Freedom… that sweet word which, for me, encompasses everything that sums up what it feels like to be of a ‘certain age’. I have spent a lifetime in the music industry, as a jazz singer and later a vocal coach. I started in the 1950s, at a very early age, and by the 1960s was […]