The drowned lover and other dark tales
by Paul James
Available here on CD and 320kbps high quality MP3.
Guests: Andrew Hobday - bass guitar. Andy Taylor - violin. Beth Porter - 'cello. Carlos Beceiro - braguesa, bouzouki. Chris Moore - piano. Clare Rawnsley Hawkins - vocals. Damon Sawyer - drums. Enrico Negro - acoustic guitar. Fiona Barrow - violin, viola. Gigi Biolcati - percussion, toy piano. Gregory Jolivet - hurdy-gurdy. Laurence Hunt - drums. Llew Kiek - bouzouki. Mara Kiek - tapan. Romain Baudoin - hurdy-gurdy. Simon Houlihan - organ. Sylvan Biscoe - baritone sax. And special thanks to Victor Nicholls - electric guitar, fretless bass guitar, lap steel guitar, loops, f/x, ipad apps, tuba.
Produced by Paul James. Recorded and mixed in Inkpen, England by Paul James, 2016. Guest contributions recorded in England, Spain, France, Italy and Australia. The rhythm section of "Big Corn" was recorded at Platform Studios by Damon Sawyer. CD Mastering by Optimum Mastering, Bristol. Digital/download mastering by Paul James.
by Paul James & Mark Hawkins
Paul James collaboration with TV and ambient/dance music composer Mark Hawkins. 2001.
Paul James - soprano and alto saxophone, border bagpipes, whistle, macedonian flute, organ, percussion, programming. Mark Hawkins - keyboards, guitar, programming, samples.
Guests: Sheila Chandra - konnakol; Eleanor Shanley - vocals; Carlos Beceiro - saz, cumbus; James Carter - electric guitar; Luke Daniels - diatonic accordion; Nigel Eaton - hurdy-gurdy; Victor Nicholls - bass guitar, ebow, electronics; Kenny Stone - drums.
Paul and Mark come from the central south of England, a rural area where people have lived for thousands of years. The evidence is still there, from the prehistoric figure of the White Horse on the hillside above the village of Uffington to Britain's oldest droving road, the Ridgeway, running along the hilltops. This album is inspired by that.
Music composed and arranged by Paul James & Mark Hawkins and traditional / arranged by Paul James & Mark Hawkins. Produced by Paul James & Mark Hawkins. 2001. Mastering: Adam Skeaping.
by Evening Star
Evening Star was formed by Paul James in 2008 with Patrick Bouffard, Luke Daniels, Carlos Beceiro, Victor Nicholls and Gigi Biolcati to play new music inspired by European traditional music.
Produced by Paul James 2010. Recorded in England, France, Italy and Spain. The album was made possible with financial support from Anvil Arts. Thanks to Chrissie Bradwell.
Scarp was formed by Paul James in 1991. The band played gigs and festivals around Europe until 1999.
Paul James - saxophones; Patrick Bouffard - hurdy-gurdy; Luke Daniels - diatonic accordion; Harry Dawes - trombone; Jo Freya - saxophones, clarinet; Martin Hughes - drums; Kathryn Locke - 'cello; Victor Nicholls - bass guitar.
The album won a French World Music award and Paul James’s composition “Goatkiller” was voted one of the top twenty tracks of the 1990s by the audience of BBC Radio 3’s new music programme “Mixing It”.
Recorded at the Egg Room, Northampton 1994. Produced by Paul James. Mastering: Adam Skeaping.