Norfolk based Singer-songwriter Paul Thompson is gaining a reputation as one of the true eccentrics of the British singer-songwriter scene. His ‘Floating to the Fringe Tour’ saw him embarking on a Guinness World Record breaking three month musical odyssey to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe...in a milk float!
Paul travelled more than 1,000 miles at 10mph in his specially converted milk float ‘Bluebell’, that utilises solar panels to power stage lighting and music gear. During the Arts Council England funded tour to promote his CD ‘Lost in the Land of Midnight Sun’, Paul was joined by performers from around the UK to play the Milk Float Stage, travelling as far north as the Outer Hebrides before completing a run of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Paul wrote the songs for ‘Lost in the Land of Midnight Sun’ after another epic tour, around Alaska and Canada. Inspired by a love of wild places, Paul spent a magical three months travelling and playing gigs in remote mountain towns and island communities, surviving a tsunami scare on the western Alaskan coast, and avoiding one or two over-enthusiastic bears for good measure!
In summer 2017, Paul did another tour in Bluebell, this time from Norfolk to Land’s End, raising over £3,000 for Cancer Research. While waiting for his milk float to be repaired in Somerset, on a whim Paul applied to do a Master’s Degree in Songwriting at Bath Spa University, which he was accepted onto, and completed with a Distinction in September 2018.
Described by Acoustic Magazine as ‘Blissed out Donovan meets John Martyn’, Paul has just written and recorded his fourth CD for his Master's Degree (due for release in Summer 2019), and has written a book about his ‘Floating to the Fringe’ tour, which he is adapting into a film. Paul has finally returned to his Norfolk home, and continues to do performances with Bluebell, using the amazing musical milk float as a mobile stage and workshop space at outdoor events and festivals.
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“Leave the world-weary cynicism
to one side for an hour and fly above
it all with a true romantic...”