Paul James is a saxophonist, bagpiper, singer and composer from Newbury, England, who makes music influenced by English and other European folk traditions. 

Latest album The Drowned Lover & Other Dark Tales is available now    REVIEW-Editor's pick FOLK RADIO UK        REVIEW-fROOTS

Paul is a member of the band Blowzabella, and plays with his pan-European band Evening Star and the folk dance band The Playford Liberation Front. He composes and arranges music for theatre and TV and leads band workshops designed to get groups of people playing spine-tingling arrangements of traditional and contemporary folk tunes. Paul was composer and musician for the critically acclaimed production of John Milton’s Comus - A Masque in Honour of Chastity by John Milton and Patrick Barlow directed by Lucy Bailey at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London in October/November 2016. Reviews Independent Telegraph The Stage Evening Standard 

Paul James @ klangrauschtreffen

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Museumsdorf Hösseringen , Landtagsplatz 2, 29556 Suderburg. Germany

Folk Ensemble Workshop – All Ages, All Abilities, Any Instrument.

Paul has been teaching people of all ages and abilities, in many different countries, to play and arrange folk music in ensembles for 30 years.

Using simple, catchy folk dance tunes as a starting point, Paul’s Folk Big Band Workshop is about working together as a team to make a big band noise that is more than the sum of its parts. Suitable for all ages, all abilities, any instrument. No prior knowledge of folk music necessary. The aim is to create imaginative arrangements - using harmonies and riffs, textures and dynamics - that are interesting and fun to play, dance and listen to.

Participants need to be of a standard where they can play a simple folk tune through at the right tempo, either by ear or by reading music.

Blowzabella @ Gran Bal Trad

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Ivrea, Torino, Italy

International festival of traditional dance and music in NW Italy. Workshops, dances with Blowzabella and many other musicians and workshop leaders. See their website for programme and full details.

Blowzabella @ Sidmouth Folk Festival

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Sidmouth, Devon.

Blowzabella are doing a big concert (with a special guest) and a big dance . See festival website for full details.

Latest album - Download & CD only £5

Latest album - Download & CD only £5