“Excellent!”, “Immaculate!”, “Wonderful views!”, “We had to ask for more towels!”. These are just some of the comments made by lovers of folk music who have stayed in bed-and-breakfast accommodation in Paul Carbuncle’s native county of Kent. Now living in Nottingham, Paul has spent the last few years merrily gigging at pubs, festivals, and folk clubs on evenings which have been described enthusiastically as “Saturday” and “Wednesday” and sometimes “Friday”. Since the Midlands magazine Folk Monthly labelled him “bourgeoning”, back in the days before spell-check (2015), Paul has spent much of his spare time sitting next to the telephone ready for stardom to call. When the call finally arrived at tea-time yesterday, it came as a great joy to learn that he may have been mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance.
In a recent interview with a lady who said she was from off of the telly, Paul deftly cleared up once and for all any mystery surrounding his chosen musical genre. “Some call it folk-punk,” he explained, “while others call it punk-folk. Either is acceptable, but over-blend it and you’ll end up with funk or polk, and I’m sure none of us wants that. It’s rather like mixing the grape and the grain… you’ve got to be careful not to wind up with muesli.”
Some people have occasionally said the odd nice thing about Carbuncular offerings. Doug Welch described the album A Cold Cup Of Tea And A Howl Of Despair as “very enjoyable” on his BBC Radio show Kent Folk, though he was chuckling a bit when he said it. Bob Oram kindly gave the album a five-star review in the Morning Star.
On Wednesday evenings Paul is one of the hosts of Carrington Triangle Folk Club, which meets upstairs at The Gladstone, 45 Loscoe Road, Nottingham, NG5 2AW (8.30pm start). Do pop along!
And roughly once a month, Paul hosts The Sherwood Shessions at Bar71 Micropub, 71 Haydn Road, Nottingham, NG5 2LA. Admission is free – there’s a collection bucket for donations to either BlindEye or Guru Nanak’s Mission, both of which are Nottingham “soup-run” charities. The current Plague has put a stop to pub-going, of course. Remaining dates lined up for 2020 were to have been Sunday 29th March, Sunday 12th April, Thursday 7th May, Sunday 24th May, Thursday 25th June, Thursday 30th July, Sunday 30th August, Thursday 24th September, Thursday 29th October, and Thursday 26th November. We’ll resume whenever we can. Start time is about 5pm on Sundays and 6pm on Thursdays.
Paul Carbuncle uses Jim Dunlop 1mm plectrums.
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