PizzaExpress Live in association with Shades of Soul are delighted to announce that Folk singer-songwriter, humanitarian and environmentalist, Julie Felix joins the eight edition of The Selected Series, presenting three nights filled with great names and great music...

Julie Felix - Thursday 23rd January
Julie Felix & Mike d'Abo - Friday 24th January
Joshua Burnell & Linda Moylan - Saturday 25th January

The concert takes place at: Pizza ExpressLive, 99 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LF

In 1964 Julie arrived in England after leaving California and hitchhiking through Europe with the guitar her father (a Mexican Mariachi musician) had given her

It didn't take long before Julie took the seat as the resident singer on the amazingly popular TV Show ‘The Frost Report’, and quickly became a household name in the UK

Only four years after stepping on our shore, Julie is given her own TV series of 17 shows, Once More with Felix, the first colour series produced by the BBC that sold to virtually every country in the world. Guests included Spike Milligan, Richard Harris, Leonard Cohen, Dusty Springfield, Donovan, Jimmy Page and many more....

Throughout the 60s and 70s Julie’s career flourished, and her music reflected her heartfelt beliefs and her love affair with nature

In the 1980s she moved back to California and took a break from the music world. An experience on a peace march in Central America in the late 80's inspired Julie to pick up her guitar and start singing again

Two decades later of none stop activity, in October 2013 Julie was invited to Buckingham Palace to meet the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla

In April 2019 Julie appeared on BBC Radio 2 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. After the show Mark posted this on twitter; “A total honour to meet the legend that is Julie Felix – still performing, campaigning and creating at the age of 80. Inspirational.

It doesn’t end there though and two months later Julie was playing on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury; 30 years or so since performing on the Theatre Stage there for the first time. On the final day of the festival, Julie was one of the guests on BBC Radio 6 Mark Radcliffe Live from Glastonbury. Mark had a chat with Julie and played "La Elva Leva" a song from Julie's latest album, Rock Me Goddess

What began for little Julie as simple home entertainment, as her father and his friends played Mariachi music into the small hours of the morning, has actually been this remarkable woman’s vocation for half a century......

and fortunately for still is!

Mike d'Abo's highly enviable musical pedigree began in 1966 when he replaced Paul Jones as lead singer with Manfred mann. Seven Top 10 hits followed - 'Just Like A Woman', 'Semi Detached Suburban Mr James', 'Ha! Ha! Said The Clown', 'Fox On The Run', 'My Name Is Jack', 'Ragamuffin Man' - with 'The Mighty Quinn' becoming the band's 3rd No.1 hit, (after 'Do Wah Diddy' & 'Pretty Flamingo').

However, Mike was to achieve even greater success as a songwriter, producing and composing the legendary 'Handbags & Gladrags' . . . firstly with Chris Farlowe (1967), and then with Rod Stewart (1969) for his first solo album 'An Old Raincoat Will Never Let You Down'. Then, in 2000, the song was subsequently covered with even greater success by The Stereophonics.

He also wrote 'Build Me Up Buttercup' for The Foundations, which has just received a BMI Award for notching up 6 million plays on American radio. He's also composed several award winning jingles, (including Cadbury's 'Finger Of Fudge), and wrote the film music for 'There's A Girl In My Soup'. Reverting to his role as singer, he was specially chosen by Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber to sing 'King Herod's Song' on the original cast recording of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.

Mike remains a highly respected musician & songwriter, and is every bit as active today as he was back in his heyday of the 60's. He can still be seen regularly performing with 'The Manfred', (alongside former Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness & Mike Hugg,) and also fronts his own band 'Mike d'Abo & His Mighty Quintet'.

Mike continues to display a great stage presence, always turning in a highly engaging performance - whether alone on stage at the piano, or playing with the other bands he works with (The Manfreds, New Amen Corner, and The Mike d'Abo Trio).

Happily sharing his wealth of stories and anecdotes about the ups and downs of his varied career, Mike quickly draws in his audience with the combination of a disarming personality and a familiar nostalgic repertoire

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