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Busker’s Islington performance tribute to dead mum

PUBLISHED: 10:30 20 February 2011

John Selah

John Selah

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AN INSPIRATIONAL busker will be playing in Islington next week when he tours London cafes on the anniversary of his mum’s death.

Songwriter John Selah will be at the Library Bar in Upper Street, Islington, from 8.30pm next Wednesday. (February 23)

Mr Selah, from Enfield, plans to perform three songs in 10 venues in a powerful tribute to his mother who died when he was aged just two.

The singer was in foster care as a teenager and he suffered mental health problems after a breakdown aged 17.

However music has been his salvation and – inspired by artists such as Tracy Chapman and Joni Mitchell – he has recorded more than 700 songs and released a successful debut album February Shadows.

Commuters may also recognise his distintive booming voice because John regularly entertains the crowds at subway stations.

He said: “I think it is an honour to be able to perform and write songs that maybe one day, will help others who have had similar struggles to me in life and in love.”


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