The Paul Poulton Project has been back on the road - featuring Karine Graham on bass and backing vocals, and Denise J Thompson on drums and backing vocals. The band have had a little break but they picked things up where they left off - artful rhythms, inventive playing and an uplifting spiritual message. The Hull and Sheffield concerts went superbly. Good audiences too, that's always helpful to any performer.
Paul has been performed solo (accompanied by his acoustic guitar) in a series of smaller venues. Paul said, “All the gigs went well and I made some new friends along the way. In one particular town the local people from the area were exclaiming "You're playing in ......... ? That's a rough pub" But it turned out to be a very friendly pub, with people from the audience offering to buy me a beer as I sang quite a bunch of songs from my repertoire. I said "I don't drink beer," So they were lining up the diet cokes, Ha!
People seem worried about the new "gig economy" - instead of a regular wage, workers get paid for the "gigs" they do. In the UK it's estimated that five million people are employed in this capacity. But Paul doesn’t seem to worry: “I've been in the gig economy since 1980, it's worked out okay for me,” he said.
I had two rewarding outings last week. I sang at the “Live Lounge” in Rugeley, the same day we were remembering Diana’s death 20 years on. I sang some sad songs which I’ve written, I thought people might get fed-up with them and want me to get off the stage but the reverse happened. One song I sang was “I Can’t Stand The Sadness” from the ‘Words’ album. The lyrics to the chorus are
“Couples, break up, there’s a family shake up
And nobody knows where the love goes
When madness rips apart some tender heart
And the players get sent back to the start”
I was also booked to sing and talk at Bloxwich Community Church last Tuesday. I always have a good time there, I can’t ever remember a bad one. Most gigs turn out good. I must have done thousands of bookings over the years and only three or four turned out poor. So if you’ve ever seen me live it was one of the poor ones you came to, okay?