Billy & Lozz – by Billy
We first met facing each other many years ago . I was the Inside Forrud for Causeway Green Junior School and Lozz was the Goalie for Moat Farm. We played in the same borough sides and then lost touch for over 40 years. I had begun performing as Billy Spake Mon deciding to take a journey and find out who I was by writing and spakin’ in the ‘Tung’ ‘ of my birth Black Country. Lozz was just starting his podcasts and asked for local performers to take part. Never slow in cumin forrud I went round to Lozz’s studio and it was amazing for both of us to realise for forty years we had lived a mile apart and never bumped into each other.
There was something early on that told us we would be working together .Lozz wrote these amazing tunes and I had come from a background where singing had always been integral within the Murray family. We both had a passion for ours’ and the regions’ heritage and wanted to break the comedic perception of what the Black Country was about portrayed by the iconic Black Country Night out. Although we wanted to convey humour we also wanted to evoke the reality of living working class lives in the communities we grew up in.
If our work evokes a memory a recollection from a listeners own history then we’ve done our job and we have managed to carry the past right here into the present. .