Paul Bradley is a right-strung, lefthanded guitarist, bandleader, composer, triple-octave singer, improviser, sessioneer, collaborator, children’s musician and multi-instrumental live-looper-cum-raconteur.
“Conjures up the spirit of adventure and no boundaries better than pretty well anyone since the heady 1960s.” fRoots (March 2015)
“Undiscovered genius” Jazzwise
“Consistently captivating” Guardian
“Wonderful” Independent on Sunday
“One of the most truly original composers and performers in the country” Venue (Bristol)
Paul’s 2015 90% improvised (words and music both) Banish Cherish was longlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize in November 2015.
Paul’s discography ranges from albums by Radiohead-influencing Anglo-Irish visionary popsters ‘Me’, via pioneering Bristol postrocker/nujazzers ‘Organelles’, to current filmic-folk-minimalists ‘Three Cane Whale’ (whose debut was described in the Telegraph as among the “five best modern folk albums”; and follow-up album as “hidden gem of 2013” by The Observer).
Bradley has collaborated with dance-theatre choreographers, animators, film-makers, and a breadth of musicians from Blue Aeroplanes to Spiro. He has scored and performed for soundtracks on BBC Natural History, Discovery Channel, Encounters Film Festival, C4’s Random Acts, and has played live, or been broadcast on, all six national BBC Radio networks.
Paul’s prolific output of spontaneous, multitimbral music has seen him do hundreds of solo, improvised gigs throughout the UK since 1996. Then Bradley would have been virtually alone in staging live-looping solo performances in all-made-up song, soundscape, illustrated “talk”, misguided standup and even off-the-cuff solo theatre. But it all must entertain and tell the truth, somehow.
In 2009 Bradley made a children’s & family album of poetry-settings (Blake, Rossetti, Lear, RLS and more). Calico Pie was described by Independent on Sunday as “wonderful”.
Tel: 01225 463362