Paul Armfield V
Isle of Wight, UK
Artist / Band / Musician
Acoustic / Alternative / Folk
After many years playing bass in an assortment of bands, bookstore manager Paul Armfield eventually sat down with Joan Baez's guitarist Adam Kirk and wrote and recorded a handful of songs. These demos came to the attention of a new label who comissioned an album. With his collaborator and friend now in the States Paul turned to other friends to make up a scratch band- the remarkable Four Good Reasons who, along with producer Ian Caple (Tricky, Stina Nordenson, Jan Tiersenn) and arranger Dickon Hinchliffe (Tindersticks) created the album Songs Without Words. One of the tracks on the album- Paul's self translated interpretation of a lesser know Jacques Brel song Why Should It Be That A Man Gets Bored, made it onto Barklay's Brel compilation where it sat very comfortably alongside the likes of Bowie, Scott Walker, Nina Simone et al.
Those who got to see Paul live during this period, whether as a duo supporting Lambchop, solo with the Go-Betweens or with all four of the Good Reasons witnessed performances of intense emotions, wringing tears of laughter, joy and sadness from the audience on a nightly basis. After witnessing their performance at the Glastonbury festival James Delingpole raved in the Sunday Telegraph of his 'star find'.
Since the release of the critically acclaimed second album Evermine in 2005 Paul has been busy, still selling books but also lending his upright-bass and saw playing skills to the wonderful Gramophone Party, doing a Vashti Bunyan with erstwhile cult '70s folksters Shide And Acorn now resurrected as Stickman, and playing the occasional solo show.
Which brings us up to date, the new solo album 'Blood, Fish and Bone' is pencilled in for a late summer release in 2009. Look out for live dates soon.
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