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The Sea & I

The Sea & I


Irwin Sparkes

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The Sea & I are an ever changing phalanx of musicians, founded by Irwin Sparkes and Paul Frith, and forming around the central core of Bernie, Naomi, Paul and Irwin, augmented with anything from brass to strings to choirs depending on availability, venue size and the mood of the moment.

The Sea & I do not play gigs in the usual sense, they simply reinterpret songs they’ve recorded according to where they are and who they have with them. Their performance in St. Leonard’s Church in East London featured a 50-piece choir; another at London’s Old St Pancras Church featured an 11-piece brass band and the London Contemporary Voices Choir. Not to be missed live.

All four musicians have been in other bands before, and found the idea of simply forming another circuit touring outfit uninspiring – hence the unusual venues, fluctuating line-ups and ever-changing instrumentation. Not to mention the on-board lighting designer who transforms the spaces where the band choose to play.

In one of those chance meetings so beloved of rock biographers (although aren’t all meetings chance meetings? Really? When you think about it?) Irwin & Paul got talking in a New York bar, discovered they were neighbours back in London and were both looking for love of the musical kind…

In the words of Irwin Sparkes they “Found common ground and built a bloody great house on it.”
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The Sea & I "The Great I Am"
Album: The Great I Am
Genre: Alternative
The Sea & I "The Island"
Album: The Great I Am
Genre: Alternative
The Sea & I "The Legend of Bass Reeves"
Album: The Great I Am
Genre: Alternative
The Sea & I "The Spectator"
Album: The Great I Am
Genre: Alternative

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