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I will tell you about not a very popular and famous musician. His
songs sound wonderful, and be has an interesting way of making his
melodies. Ed Alleyne-Johnson is a composer and violinist. Ed leant to
play the violin at school. He played in the school orchestra, but he did
not really enjoy playing classical music. It was too rigid. He did not
go to the music college. He studied painting at the school of Drawing
and Fine Art in Oxford. But he carried on playing the violin in rock
bands and folk bands. He tried to make career as a painter, but it was
too difficult so he went back to music. He started playing on the
streets in England, and then he traveled around the Europe and the
States. He met a lot of different musicians in different countries and
leant some of the styles. He does not imitate them. Not many people play
electric violin on the street, so people are usually interested. His
violin is also a special one. Normal violins have four strings. Ed is
violin has got five. He painted it purple as his first violin which he
inherited from his grandfather. It became a sort of trade mark. When he
is playing it, it sound like more than one instrument. It has a device
that records music he has Just played, and repeats it again and again.
It is a sort of high-tech, one-man band. He has also made a CD. It is
called «The Purple Electric Violin Concerto». At the moment he is
recording a new CD. He is going to go back to Europe and give free
concerts on the streets and in record stores. His music was inspired by
the streets, and he would tike to take it back to the people who helped
him to write it.And here is another man who has been in the music
business for about twenty years .His name is Paul Keгак. He never had
another job. He started playing when he was just a kid, he taught
himself to play. He tried few instruments , First there drums-it was
when he was only five. After that it was there piano and then later the
keyboards. He plays guitar also. He started playing professionally when
he was still at school. He left school at sixteen. He was playing in a
band, working on Sunday evening in pubs and clubs. When he left school
his only ambitions was to be in a pop group. He was played with «Roxy
Music» and »THE Smiths» . And he made records with «Pretendness» and
«Madness». It is very important to him because he made a first hit
record with them. That was in 1974 . The song was called «How Long» and
it was a big bit all over the world. Since 1985 he is with «Mike and the
Mechanics». He is the singer -vocalist and Mike plays the guitar. He
always wanted to work in America. He was pleased when his records were
successful there. And last summer he made an own record. It came out in
the October and it is called «Groove Approval» . It is doing quite well,
especially in America. His records are often played on radio there and
there are more people that have heard of him then in Britain. He is not
a superstar of course. But people know his name and buy his albums.

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