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!!!!
The finite years syndrome?? :) Recently I've been contemplating the same thing and it does act as a great motivator. I'm a little obsessed with the concept of leaving a legacy. For some reason the generation preceding mine never talked a lot about who they were and what drove them. So when trying to explain to my younger children about their extended family "across the sea" I have a few difficulties. I want to leave some kind of footprint of who I am and where things fit so that when the time is right my lot have a good recollection of who they are and where they come from. As songwriters we're in a pretty good position to achieve this.
We're looking forward to Christmas Day. We plan to spend it soaking in our swimming pool with a couple of close friends, some good beer and the obligatory prawns on the barbie. Hope you and yours have a great time and keep in touch.
Thanks for the comments on One Guitar. Yes - the desired weak knees effect occurred, it saved me on at least one day of doing the dishes:) Great to hear from you. How're things shaping up for Christmas? Really enjoyed the duet. You play so well. Had another listen to Terra Nova. You're a bloody good writer. Anything happening on that front?
Hey Paul - Great to hear from you. Thanks for listening. My other "last" song Whiskey and Fire was a revert to the folk side of things for me and I thought of your great songs. I'm looking forward to some new Openshaw odes soon. Keep well mate.
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.