Yet more great news here at Bad Monkey records as we proudly announce that Paul Gillings has signed to Bad Monkey Records on a one album deal and we are absolutely stoked to be a part of his latest album. Links to his BRAND NEW ALBUM are available here on site as well as through all major platforms, This is our first album release on the Bad Monkey Label so please do purchase and support this great act!
We are looking forward to bringing you this new album, Mr Smith and we know you'll love it! So get your copy, download or physical copy and tell your friends, we know you'll love it!
Mr Smith Is The Brand New Album!
So damned excited! It's our honour here at Bad Monkey Records to present Paul's superb NEW album "Mr Smith"
Available to purchase & stream on all major outlets on friom MARCH 1st 2022! Make sure to get your copy and listen to this wonderful blend of Blues music from the maestro himself.
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Buy Or Stream The Amazing Mr Smith Now!
About Paul Gillings
Paul Gillings: A Life with the mouth organ.
At the age of eleven, Paul heard the harmonica for the very first time whilst sitting round a campfire at a Boy Scout cook-out. The harmonica was being played by his Scoutmaster at the time, Norman Ives. A bunch more of the scouts became interested in the harmonica and pretty soon they had enough for a full harmonica group. Norman Ives met with David Michelsen (AKA Dr Midnight) and between them started Harp Start a free harmonica school for underprivileged children. The kid's harmonica group Random Sound appeared at the Glastonbury Festival and also appeared on many national and international TV shows including Jool's Holland's Happening. Paul and Random Sound were also invited to appear on Disney's Mickey Mouse Club during a US tour in 1990 to accept a Golden Mickey award for outstanding talent. They also appeared on TNN's Nashville Now and CBS' Good Morning America in New York.
In 1993 Paul won the World Harmonica Championships in the Youth Blues/Rock section and later that year Paul received an endorsement from Lee Oskar and became a Lee Oskar Preferred Player. Lee also invited Paul to play Why Can't We Be Friends with the band WAR at the Jazz Cafe in Camden. He also appeared on the UK Children's programme Blue Peter. Paul, Norman and David then toured as the harmonica group The Midnight Specials. In 2016 Paul appeared on BBC's The One Show playing House Of The Rising Sun with The Harpoon Blues Band. Paul then joined The Jamos and Sir Mathew Band in 2018, an acoustic act that plays at festivals and venues around the east of England.
At the same time Paul turned back to Songwriting and has been releasing tracks through Soundcloud with more than 90,000 plays to date. Solo tour dates for 2019 included the Upton Blues Festival, Folk East and The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival, Jurnet's Bar in Norwich and The Fisher Theatre Bungay. Paul's solo acoustic album You Don't Even Know was released in 2019 to favourable reviews and is on general release through all digital outlets. The album received a large amount of radio play and got to number nine in the International Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) chart.
Paul has so much to bring us as a solo artist and we can't wait to share with you our journey with him and so, it is with great pleasure that Bad Monkey Records are introduces you to the talented and versatile Paul Gillings!