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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 Ke. 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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