“Say hello to Dorset based songwriter (Grandad) Paul. After exchanging pleasantries, you will want to spend the next 45 minutes in his company. It will be like having a conversation with an old acquaintance, in whose presence you feel comfortable”. David Kidman (FATEA)

“always makes us smile”
– Brunny Folk Club

“40 years on, still enigmatically superb”
Tom Morton, BBC Radio Scotland

“talented wordsmith”
Woolston Folk Club


Paul was born in Peterborough on 5th June 1953. After a short while, his family moved to Manchester and then, at the age of seven, to Glasgow, where he spent his formative years.

In 1969, he left school to be employed on various farms in central and southern Scotland. Farm work ultimately led him into a career, which involved manufacturing cow cake and that is what brought him to Dorset in 1994, where he was employed as part of a team, manufacturing and distributing to farmers across southern England, until retiring in 2020. 

He started to write songs in early teenage years, having being given his first guitar as a Christmas present. The ability to write lyrics, whether humorous or more thought provoking, has evolved from there. With self expression and creativity to the fore, the song writing has little to do with commercial gain. 

Paul also plays guitar with “Tree Fellahs” ceilidh band.


Upcoming Gigs


24th September – Roundtable caravaners after dinner Ferndown.

17th September – Wareham Folk Harvest (Carey Hall afternoon)

15th September – Emporium, Yeovil (from 7pm)

9th September – Swanage Folk Festival (evening sing around).

26th August – Allendale Centre Cafe Wimborne (6pm to 8pm)

24th July – Bridport Folk Festival Songwriter Session WI Hall 2pm.

23rd July – Tree Fellahs private party Milton Abbas

23rd July – Bridport Folk Festival 11.01am (Millenium Green)

22nd July – Bridport Folk Festival 12.25pm (Bucky Doo Square)

Get in touch

“very original, highly entertaining”
Ringwood Folk Club

“wry, poignant, incisive by turns”
Lymington Folk and Blues


© Copyright 2020 Paul Openshaw.