“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


26th September – Barn Dance with Tree Fellahs.

12th September – Swanage Folk Festival.

1st to 8th August – Rolvenden Folk Camp (week 3)

13th/14th June – Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

30th/31st May – Wessex Folk Festival (Weymouth) cancelled.

24th April – Folk night at Martin Village Hall postponed.

20th April – Folk Night at the Bear, Wareham postponed.

18th April – New Inn West Knighton Tree Fellahs.

11th April – Crewkerne with Tree Fellahs cancelled.

7th March – Osmington Village Hall. Barn dance with Tree Fellahs. (Wessex Folk Festival fund raiser).

5th March – Purbeck Folk Club (Langton Matravers Village Hall)

25th January – Burns Night for Bridport Round Table with Tree Fellahs. 

Past Gigs

19th February 2019 – Drax Folk Night, Bere Regis

6th February 2019 – Folk Orc Folk Club Black Swan, Swanage

12th January 2019 – Tree Fellahs Barn Dance, Osmington Village Hall

Get in touch

“very original, highly entertaining”
Ringwood Folk Club

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


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