Boo Hewerdine is an English singer-songwriter and record producer. He played Purbeck with Eddi Reader’s band in 2014. His work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film. He has also produced records by several artists, including a long association with Eddi Reader. He has been described as “one of Britain’s most consistently accomplished songwriters”.
Boo says of himself:
“I was given a Dansette and a handful of 45s. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?, I Remember You, Seven Little Girls. Records from that strange era between Rock & Roll and The Beatles. I would study the labels. The title, the singer, the numbers, Columbia, HMV, the stuff about rights written around the edge and most intriguing – the names in the brackets. It turned out that these people had “written” these songs. Songs could be made up. Conjured out of thin air. I decided then, at the age of seven, that’s what I would do. I couldn’t sing or play an instrument but I had an internal jukebox going on the whole time.
Putting together this compilation was a peculiar experience. Once I’ve finished a record I put it away and move on. While I’m writing and recording, though, I’m completely immersed. It’s always been about externalising that inner Wurlitzer. Listening to these songs took me back to long unvisited times and places. Nothing sounded as I recalled. In that region between memory and fact is a bitter-sweet world. I liked it”.