Forest records birthday gig on Weds 27th April

I am doing a set of songs with Hazel Thompson on Wednesday evening to celebrate the launch of Edinburgh’s Forest Cafe (Forest Happenings) 20th birthday album.

There are some amazing other acts and I imagine it will be as eclectic and gracefully chaotic as ever! I’m on around the 10-10.20pm (BST) mark (ish)

Forest Records 20th birthday album

Forest 20/20 is a new double-sided compilation celebrating 20 years of Forest – Edinburgh’s only volunteer-powered grassroots arts space. Some of my favourite gigs of all time have been at this magic arts and activism space so I was really happy to have a tune included on the album.

Forest 20/20 – much like Forest itself has always been – is an eclectic mix of styles, themes and creativity – from poetry to punk, chiptune to folk tunes – Forest has always had time and space for everyone. I hope you will enjoy the sounds of Forest contained within and find something old that will trigger a memory of good times past and something new to help celebrate the good times still to come:

edinburgh fringe festival adventures

Wow – an epic week up at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in which Basia, Jane and I managed to clock up over twelve shows in a week!

Click on the above image to hear us play ‘The Suitors Ballyhoo’ on the last Pleasance podcast of the festival.

Highlights included an amazing show at the last Golden Hour for The Forest Cafe and a lovely moment when we got to serenade a group of Maths academics in The Pleasance Courtyard who got another group of friends to watch us play via skype on their laptop.

Podcast recording and filming … L-R: Paul on camera, Robin on guitar, Basia on violin, Jane on accordion and Al on microphones.

A slightly tired Basia and Jane having a nap on the train heading north to Edinburgh.

edinburgh fringe festival residency

The Pleasance Theatre in Islington have just invited me to Edinburgh during the fringe festival for a lunchtime folk residency.

Barbara and Jane will be joining me on accordion and violin; we will be playing at 1.45pm in The Pleasance Courtyard from 22nd-25th August.

You can buy tickets from here –

Other Edinburgh evening gigs to follow… if anyone has any leads do get in touch!

forest records birthday compilation

I love The Forest. A lot. A lot a lot.

On a number of occasions over the last ten years ago being able to go and hide there whilst freaking out in Edinburgh during the festival has kept me on the rails; and it still makes the best veggie/vegan burrito I have tasted.

It has grown a lot over the last ten years; once a small cafe tucked away off the Grassmarket, it is now occupies pretty big premises just by the student union and is a hub of all things I cherish. I have had the privilege of playing there many times as bassist with The Jonny Berliner Band, performed solo once and recently took my lovely band there.

I am truly honoured to have a track on it’s tenth birthday compilation ‘forest-records-presents-x’ and over the moon that they have chosen ‘Roses From Africa’.

More info here – or have a listen below: