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Paul Handyside


Paul Handyside

Paul Handyside is a folk and roots singer songwriter. His song writing style has been compared to artists as varied as Chris Difford, Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Elvis Costello, Jeff Buckley and Martin Carthy.

He began his musical career with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! The jangle pop band had album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records from 1982 to 1991 and toured extensively worldwide. During the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware labelmate Martin Stephenson.

Handyside formed Bronze in 2001. Still embracing chiming, Rickenbacker driven pop, and increasingly alt country, they released two albums, The Statue in the Stone and A Common Prayer. His debut solo album Future's Dream, a combination of pop, country and modern day hymns was released in 2007 to great reviews. The second album Wayward Son followed in 2013 and further developed his own brand of folk-tinged americana.

The latest album Tide, Timber & Grain was released in April 2016 with elements of traditional British folk and sixties protest songs emerging in Handyside's now well established and diverse musical palette. This time the recordings were based around the trio of Paul on vocals, guitar and harmonium; producer Rob Tickell on weissenborn slide guitar, bass and guitar; Dave Porthouse (the original bass player from Hurrah!) on melodeon and double bass.

" articulate craftsman who cares more about quality than the latest fashion and each tune is a delightful labour of love." - The Morning Star

"...grown up music that touches the heart, the soul and the brain." - Maverick Magazine

"...The more you hear, the more you wonder why Paul Handyside doesn't sit at the top table with other elder statesmen of British songcraft such as Chris Difford, Billy Bragg, Robyn Hitchcock, Green Gartside, Elvis Costello and more." -

“A stunning show of alt. country with sci-fi leaning, at times there's images of both Johnny Cash and Radiohead partying at a folk festival - on the other hand they celebrate the ilk of Neil Diamond and Ry Cooder. Superb" -

"Dressed in black from head to toe, Handyside resembled the gaunt figure of Harry Dean Stanton circa Paris, Texas, minus the red baseball cap and pent-up anger, strolling into a dusty middle-of-nowhere town." - Allan Wilkinson Northern Sky

“...just like Nick Lowe he steers completely personal course which will prove timeless..” - (HOLLAND)

"Two highly-skilled musicians (Paul and his side-man Rob Tickell) and a wonderful collection of self-penned music, with great melodies and highly-moving lyrics. Handyside sang superbly with an amplified guitar, but showed us his acoustic talent as well. Tickell played a glorious bottleneck guitar and sang great harmonies." - North Yorkshire Herald and Gazette

"…warm honeyed tones and clever songs about, groupies, love, death and redemption. Nothing new there you might say; but Handyside's delivery and the sublime slide playing from his guitarist Rob Tickell take him to a league well above his status as a support act. Think Richard Hawley with more charm!" -

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Doors open 8:15

Singers and musicians of all standards and styles are welcome to come along and do a short floor spot.

Free entry: Collection & raffle for guest.

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