AFTER a 20-year absence, Seventies bad boy of rock, Sean Tyla, has now returned to the fray and tomorrow night will be performing new and old material on stage at Riga Music Bar, Westcliff.

"It feels good to be back," he says.

"I'm looking forward to the rest of 2007 and moreover, to 2008. We have a busy schedule planned with the launch of the new CD. After the UK dates in support of that this autumn, then we're off to the studio to cut a new Tyla Gang CD over Christmas. We will launch that project in March 2008, which we hope will be a double feature and include a live DVD set from the 100 Club this October and then we hit the bricks, touring the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and the US throughout 2008. That's the way I like it, though."

After being a part of bands such as Help Yourself, Ducks Deluxe and the Tyla Gang in the early Seventies, Sean cut his first solo album in 1979.

Later that year, he signed a $250,000, five-album deal with Polydor International, had his first top ten single in Germany where he eventually based himself and apart from a one-off project in 1981 with Welsh rock legend, Deke Leonard, continued to enjoy chart successes with both albums and singles until he retired in 1985.

The new Sean Tyla outfit, raised in the north east of England, where Sean was born, features session maestros, Ken Ward on drums, Vaughan Lonsdale on lead guitar, vocals and mandolin, Dave Rickaby on bass and Mick Yare on guitars and vocals. The new studio album, Sean's ninth (but his first for 20 years), also features Ian Ellis on bass, Gary Moberley on keyboards, Chris Staines on guitar, mandolin and lap-steel, Paul Kennedy on guitar and Emma Fisk on acoustic and electric violin.

Sean's entire back catalogue, with some added bonus tracks has recently been re-issued on Voiceprint and is widely available on the internet.

MP3 samples from the new album and upcoming gig info is available at