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PAUL GILLINGS

Singer/Songwriter & Harmonica Player

 
 

ABOUT

A life with the mouth organ.

At the age of 11, Paul heard the harmonica for the very first time whilst sitting round a campfire at a Boy Scout cook-out. The harmonica was being played by his Scoutmaster at the time: Norman Ives. A bunch more of the scouts became interested in the harmonica and pretty soon they had enough for a full harmonica group. Norman Ives met with David Michelsen (AKA Dr Midnight) and between them started 'Harp Start' a free harmonica school for underprivileged children. The kid's harmonica group 'Random Sound' appeared at Glastonbury Festival, played on cruise ships and appeared on many national and international TV shows. Paul and Random Sound were invited to appear on Disney's 'Mickey Mouse Club' during a US tour in 1990 to accept a 'Golden Mickey' award for outstanding talent, they also appeared on CNN's 'Nashville Now' and CBS' 'Good Morning America' in New York.

In 1993 Paul won the World Harmonica Championships in the Youth Blues/Rock and Youth Diatonic Jazz/Melodic sections which was held in the Hohner stronghold of Trossingen, Germany. That year Paul received an endorsement from Lee Oskar himself and became a Lee Oskar Preferred Player. Paul also appeared on the very popular UK Children's programme 'Blue Peter'. Paul, Norman and David then toured as harmonica group 'The Midnight Specials' taking in most of the UK and most prominently the Channel Islands.
In 2016 Paul appeared on BBC's 'The One Show' playing '
House of the Rising Sun' with 'The Harpoon Blues Band'. In 2018 Paul joined 'The Jamos and Sir Mathew Band', an acoustic act that plays at festivals and venues around the east of England. Paul also turned back to Songwriting and has been releasing tracks through Soundcloud with more than 80,000 plays to date. Solo tour dates for 2019 included Jurnet's Bar in Norwich, The Fisher Theatre, Upton Blues Festival, Folk East and The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival. Paul's solo acoustic album 'You Don't Even Know' was released in 2019 and is on general release through all digital outlets. The album has received a large amount of radio play and got to number 9 in the International Blues Broadcasters (IBBA) chart. Paul is also a regular tutor at the annual Harpin' by the Sea event in Brighton and Hove.

2020 brings the birth of another solo album, due for release later in the year. Paul also joined the amazing Gypsy Folk outfit Zingaro Blue and was featured on their new album 'A Handful of Songs'. Other recent session work includes playing on Kev Walford's new album 'Americanarama' and Paul Marfleet's new album 'On The Edge' on the song 'Grey Skies'.

 

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