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Boff Whalley

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Birth name  Allan Mark Whalley
Associated acts  Chumbawamba
Years active  1982–present
Education  University of Leeds
Instruments  Guitar, Vocals
Role  Musician
Occupation(s)  Musician, writer
Name  Boff Whalley

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Born  January 1, 1961 (age 55)Burnley, Lancashire, England (1961-01-01)
Genres  Folk, pop, Anarcho-punk
Albums  Slap!, Tubthumper, English Rebel Songs 13, ABCDEFG, Pictures of Starving Children

Music group  Chumbawamba (1982 – 2012)

Allan Mark "Boff" Whalley (born 1 January 1961) is an English musician and writer, who is perhaps best known for being the former lead guitarist for the anarcho-punk and folk band Chumbawamba. He's now a playwright and is the founder of Commoners Choir who release their first album 03/09/17.


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Early life and education

Whalley was born Allan Mark Whalley in 1961 in Burnley, Lancashire. Before joining Chumbawamba he attended Art College in Maidstone and worked in a supermarket and as a postman. His parents were both primary school teachers.


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Together with his fellow members of Chimp Eats Banana, Midge and Danbert Nobacon, he moved to Leeds in 1981 and studied at the University of Leeds, dropping out after a year before moving into the South View House squat in Armley. It was at this squat that he was part of an Anarchist collective that later became the band Chumbawamba. The band in the early 1980s was a hardcore punk band in the style of DC Punk, or LA Punk. In 1984, when the Coal industry was privatized and the Coal Workers Union began protesting, Chumbawamba became even more politically active in equal rights and labor rights. He became a guitarist despite describing himself as being of "limited ability". He continued to play guitar and sing while doing a series of other jobs such as shopworker, newspaper delivery man, typesetter, and cartoonist.

Fell running

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Beyond his musical career, Whalley has been prominent in the fell running scene, particularly in West Yorkshire, running at a relatively high standard. Touring and recording commitments have influenced the extent to which he has been able to pursue this activity. He was instrumental in the production of the Fellternative fell running fanzine in the early 1990s.

Whalley recorded a song called "Stud Marks on the Summits", inspired by a chance meeting with legendary fell runner Bill Smith. Whalley took up fell running as a result. He was paraphrased as having said Smith "encapsulated the ethos of the sport – its emphasis on self-reliance and nature and its history."


Whalley has published two books:

  • Footnote*, autobiography (2004)
  • Run Wild, an account of his experiences as a fell runner (2012)
  • References

    Boff Whalley Wikipedia