“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”. The Midlands magazine Folk Monthly labelled him “bourgeoning”, back in the days before spell-check (2015). Since winning the Gate To Southwell Folk Festival open mic competition last summer, 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.”
On the third Thursday of every month Paul hosts “It Takes All Sorts Of Folk”, an open mic evening at The Running Horse, 16 Alfreton Road, Nottingham, NG7 3NG (8pm start), and on Wednesday evenings he 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!
Paul Carbuncle uses Jim Dunlop 1mm plectrums.
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