“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. The 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 has been gainfully 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


23rd October – Wedding at Osmington (Mike and Rachel)

25th September – Wareham Folk Harvest

18th September – Tree Fellahs private function

10th to 12th September – Swanage Folk Festival

30th August – Folkie evening at Martin, New Forest

27th August – Allendale Centre Cafe, Wimborne 6pm to 8pm

21st August – Barn Dance with Tree Fellahs (private party)

13th August – Bean on the Green, Dorchester from 6pm.

9th August – Brunny Folk Club, Wimborne from 7pm

In February 2019, following an MRI scan, it was revealed that my spine was fractured in several places as a result of Multiple Myeloma. This, followed by the global pandemic effectively put me out of action for an indefinite period of time. I am not sure how things will move forward for me, but I am happy to say that I have never felt more positive. Watch this space.

Get in touch

“very original, highly entertaining”
Ringwood Folk Club

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


© Copyright 2020 Paul Openshaw.