I have recently launched a new CD (The Potting Shed) I have also just launched a new website (www.paulopenshaw.com). Extracts from the Potting Shed are on the website.I am new to a lot of this stuff and therefore it has been quite a learning curve. I would be grateful for any feedback.
Just listened and voted for "My Sister's Eyes." Great stuff. It reminds me a bit of a folk singer from here in Canada, originally from Scotland, named David Francey. Check him out on the internet if you have a chance.
Came to your page via Ken Brodie and I'm really gald I did. I am listening to your songs as I type this-"Say You're Mine" is simple and beautiful. I am going to keep listening (that was the first one I heard)-I love your playing and if those lyrics are typical I'm in for a real treat!!!!
Hi Paul, thanks for listening. I am glad to meet you and hear your songs. I play mostly in DADGAD and I was fascinated to hear your songs in the same tuning. They are all of a high quality, and "Say you're mine" in particular made a fine impression. I do get down south - especially at the moment as I make fairly frequent trips to Devon where Brook Guitars are building my new acoustic.
Thanks for the note. Yes, I did check that site out and others but so far no luck. Ah well. I'm in the middle of prepping for a gig at the end of the month. It's an annual festival called the Gathering Of The Scots that's held in Perth Andover, New Brunswick. Should be a lot of fun but trying to work out three hours of material that's appropriate takes time as does rehearsing it with the group. Whew! But it goes well.
Hello Paul...it's Saturday morning here...Top o' the Mornin' to ya...very pleased you accept your friendship. It's wonderful to be able to comunicate with music makers from all over the world. I'm quite taken with your songs..listening as I post this..have a great day.
I really like your high-spirited songs! I'm listening to them once again. I guess you're a little younger than me ( I'm 59), but, somehow, your singing has a lot to do with the songs that made my adolescence, that means the time when I fetched my father's guitar and tried to get something out of it.
PS: just for the sake of fun, do you fancy old "Shadows" tunes?
Really enjoy your music...sorta found you by accident..but entend to make regular visits to your site. your songs are a lot like mine, only mine are "Yankeefied", having lived in the colonies all these years. Have a blessed day..and keep on singin'.
Just dropped into your page. Spent a while listening to the songs. Just loved them, and the accent, too. One of the great things about this community is the diversity of the people and music you can find here. If you have the time to have a look at my page, you will understand what I mean... Please carry on with the good work, congratulations!
The wedding and reception were great fun. Got to play for a receptive group and with old friends and great musicians. Even got to play my harmonicas. Got home about 02:00 this morning - getting a bit old for that and will pay a price today I'm sure.
What I'd tried to write yesterday before being cut off by site maintenance:
I think the Latin Nova Scotia is probably a left over from a time when maps often used Latin for place names et cetera. Nova Scotia was certainly one of the earliest settled places in Canada. It's the only Province with a Latin place name.
The other thing was that I agree with you about how time flies. It's been about ten years since my groups last CD. The only recording I do is rehearsals and live performances to work on new tunes or presentation. Nothing for public consumption. I haven't written for a while, but the urge is returning. Now just need to get motivated!
Oh yeah, I also mentioned that my group HATband (Hayes, Andrews, Toner band) will be performing at the New Brunswick Highland Games and Scottish Festival this Sumer in Fredericton New Brunswick. I just mentioned this to illustrate the British Ilse influence here in Canada and in keeping with the Nova Scotia information.
I was in the middle of writing a reply when "Acoustic Guitar community shutdown for maintenance. The sites back up now but my Reply seems to have disappeared. I have to leave for Saint John, New Brunswick shortly to set up gear and perform with others at a Wedding Reception for one of my musical chums. Should be a great session. I will write a better reply to your notes later.
Thanks Paul, I have clicked the button to add you as a friend on my page. Hopefully that works. I am enjoying your songs and very fine picking. For a person who lists himself as an "amateur or recreational musician" your "chops" are awesome. I've always been a big fan of British Isles acoustic guitar music and players and many "Pros" have little on you.
I visited the chat about Nova Scotia that was going on the other week, so I have visited your site before. As a person who lives next door to that Province and whose family hails from there I can add a little insight. Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland - fairly obvious. The Province was settled mainly with Irish and Scottish settlers in the 1700s after the French lost the control of the land that is now New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. That area had been called "Acadie" or Acadia by the French. The French people were driven out by the British in what is called "The Expulsion". They were called the Acadians and those who moved South and settled in Louisiana became the "Cajuns" a slang version of Acadian.
Anyway, my family were Irish and settled in Halifax but the part of Nova Scotia that is mostly Scottish in origin is the Northern part called Cape Breton. The music of the Maritime Provinces is strongly influenced by Irish, Scottish, British and French music. Many of the displaced French population eventually returned and resettled in the area. So fiddle tunes, pipes, tartans et cetera always abound. There is also a strong British influence because, after the American War of Independence, those loyal to the crown were exiled North to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia and are referred to as the Loyalists. Of course, over the centuries there have been strong influxes of other cultures plus the local Native indigenous population who allied themselves with various invading peoples and managed to continue on to some extent and adopting and adapting the cultures they dealt with.
Nova Scotia's coastline and climate is also very much like Scotland's, hence the comparison and name given by settlers from there.
More of a history lesson than I attended. Sorry about that.
Ever listen to Andrew White, originally from New Zealand, I think, but now lives in Nova Scotia. I think you might like his recordings and playing style.