Wednesday, 19 November 2014

gigs,etc

'Gigs', I hear you say- 'What gigs?'
Yes, fair comment......
When I stopped regular 'touring' at the end of '89, it was as many will know, to be able to have more time at home and the upshot was that I was playing/singing much less of course.  I also stopped hustling for bookings, an aspect of the job I was more than happy to give up as was my long-suffering partner, Pauline, who had been doing so much of the hustling.
As a result of being more home-based, I started to go to a few local jam sessions and singarounds and reminded myself how much I still enjoyed performing music.  Another spinoff of this was that I found I was still regularly writing new songs - which has continued to this day.  The thing about that though, is that, having written them, you want to go and play them to people- for me, songwriting has always been about communicating thoughts, ideas, stories, feelings.  The process is not complete without playing a newly-written song to others.  I've now written so many songs that haven't yet made it to a wider audience.
I suppose it was inevitable, after spending nearly ten years 'on the road' so to speak, that some brave person would contact me and ask if I would venture out for a 'gig' for them.
As it turned out, that was Richard Grainger, the organiser of the Ryedale festival.  It was my first real gig for nearly 20 years and great fun!  Richard then jumped in again and I played Ryedale again the following year, 2011, renewing my enthiasm for playing live.
But I had made myself a promise that I would not do any more hustling for bookings and I've managed to stick to that, so that the gigs I do are only when people are foolhardy enough to invite me.
The inevitable result is of course that this happens only rarely but I suppose that's only to be expected.
One of the most enjoyable bookings I've done in recent times was to play at the Moira Furnace Festival (Leicestershire) in August last year (2013).  This enjoyable and friendly festival did me the honour of inviting me back for the 2015 one and I'm looking forward to it- so if you happen to be wondering where I'll be then, you know now.

One of the things I've been wondering about blogging is whether it's a good idea to include the lyrics of a new song in a blog - I'm tempted to but a bit unsure about it because of course lyrics don't include the melody which is the other half of the thing - I wonder what others think?

A 'singaround' session I never miss here in Kendal is a monthly (2nd Wednesday) one at the "Oddfellows Arms" on Windermere Rd, run by Clare Mee, who has an excellent acapella trio called 'Pandora's Handbag', who alone, are worth coming to hear.  Clare encourages a high standard and the songclub is always an excellent night.  My good friend, singer Chris Stern, loves it so much he travels from Rochdale every month to be there!  We'll both be there for December's one on the 10th so if you're around and nearby, we'll see you!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Songs on Youtube

Paul now has videos of 7 songs with lyrics up on Youtube - 5 new ones and 2 oldies - Riversong and Farewell to the Gold.  Video recording was done by his son in law Simon and sound recording by his son Ben.  Think they did a great job!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Gigs

Paul has been playing the very occasional gig again, usually at the instigation of friends, and recently did part of the night at both Uppermill and Swinton Folk Clubs alongside friend Chris Stern.

This all really started last year when he was invited by Richard Granger to play at Ryedale Festival, so a great deal of practising was necessary to get back up to performing speed.

Richard has again booked Paul for a return visit to this year's Ryedale Festival (May 27-30).  As well as a concert performance on Saturday 28th, Paul will be presenting a songwriting workshop on Sunday 29th, a unique opportunity for those interested to gain an insight into the songwriting process.



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