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Recording, History and some other stuff


During my Engineering Apprenticeship a friend invited me along to the Holly Bush Folk Club, in Nuneaton. I could say the rest is history, but there is more to it than that. I was impressed with folk music right from the start, and within six months after intensive practice I had my first appearance singing at a folk club. I can't begin to imagine what it sounded like, and I wish I could remember what I sang. But I haven't stopped singing since.

At that time there were many clubs usually on a weekly basis. I well remember the Ampersand in Barwell.

My earliest influences were Tom Paxton, Ralph McTell, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, but also a local singer Terry Sinclair. I favoured the contemporary songs rather than the traditional, and it remains that way to date.

Over the years two things have become to mean a lot to me- Writing and Singing, and I love them both. And whilst I would love to make a fortune from the songs I am not foolish in that regard!

With my move to Weymouth in 1975, the complexion of the music changed a little. Many of the national performers resided far away from the south coast and therefore the exposure to them reduced a little. A jewel in the folk world for me at that time though was the Wareham Folk Club and Mike Incledon. It became a regular haunt and I developed friendships that exist to this day.

I purchased a Yamaha guitar and was lucky with the tone of the instrument. It was my folk work-horse until I could afford a Taylor guitar. In truth, I wasn't looking to buy a Taylor and indeed I hadn't heard of that make, back then. I hit upon them by accident and I am so glad I did. I see them everywhere now. It is a beautiful instrument and suits me very well.

Songwriting for me has been a gradual development and now I rarely sing anything other than my own compositions. I love the putting-into-song something that touches me. And when I sing each song I recall the circumstances that led to the song and the memories trapped within. I don't always reveal too much behind the song and most of them are quite heavily disguised. After all each song has to attempt to be generally acceptable rather than a purely personal group of lines. I do work hard to avoid very obvious lyrics.

Recording my songs has been a wonderful journey and the pleasure of sharing the songs with the few that have considered them worthy of money, is enormous.

Meeting other musicians has also been an absolute pleasure. It is interesting to see the interaction of artist-artist.

In the end though, I have to say that it is the audience that I enjoy most. Trying to connect with them; trying to encourage them to see into the song; trying to get them to join in- all challenges I love.

....more to follow



Latest sound bites.... YouTube


I hate the rain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZOE3zZWYWQ 
Dreaming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g9D6_7ap4I
Cards http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPjZSDH47eI
Amy Dancing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x_GvDXnzOI

New Forest Folk Festival, 2012. Shock & Surprise... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYGIg2FPhvE
BUNKFEST, 2012. Only what we wear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN0GGIcw0yA
SWANAGE Folk Festival, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1g1m2u56N4


Better by far


Early September


Many years ago

Here, with me tonight

Poets and Prose


Close to tears

I hate the rain  ( now recorded on the latest CD of Paul Downes  2013)

I love to hear you dance

Bullets and Tanks


Amy Dancing

Rosemary Lane

Heart of England ( recorded by Bram Taylor, 2012 )

Who will hold my hand


To sea no more

The mirror

A little bit of romance

We are

Amy doesn't dance here anymore


Walk this harbour

Gentle winds

Condoleezza Rice

Level floor


Sweet pickle blues

Sunray Sunrise


I hate the rain ( now recorded on the latest CD of Paul Downes  2013)

Rosemary Lane


Shock and Surprise

Only what we wear

London Road

All the other children


And then

That was not the plan

Lovely lady



That time of year again


The Journey

Nature's Window


Christmas Day comes early

Frances Anne

Baseball Cap


Twentyone Days


The Man I love


Two Ladies


Shock and Surprise

Gentle winds

Level Floor

Who will hold my hand


Poets and prose

I hate the Rain

London Road



Amy Dancing

Rosemary Lane

I am always willing to compile a unique CD of your favourites! Just get in touch.






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[ Last updated 01 Aug 2014 ]

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