About Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson is a singer-songwriter and author based in North-Norfolk. He tours internationally, and around the UK in his mobile milk float stage 'Bluebell'.
Paul gained a Guinness World Record for the 'longest journey by milk float' after touring more than 1,000 miles at 15mph in his specially converted milk float, that utilises solar panels to power stage lighting and music gear. During the Arts Council England funded 'Floating to the Fringe Tour' promoting his third album ‘Lost in the Land of Midnight Sun’, Paul travelled from his Norfolk home 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 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! The story of the journey is available as a free eBook when you sign up to Paul's newsletter.
In summer 2017, Paul did another tour 'Bluebell's Busking Bonanza', from Norfolk to Land’s End, raising almost £5,000 for Cancer Research. While waiting for his milk float to be repaired in Somerset, 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. During the Master's Degree Paul lived in a motorhome that was converted into a mobile recording studio by Sound on Sound Magazine.
Inspired by his beautiful surroundings in the Mendip Hills overlooking Glastonbury Tor, Paul wrote the songs for his fourth album 'One Again', utilising the university studios and talent (including Grammy-winning drummer Rob Brian) to record the final version. Paul eventually returned to his Norfolk home after completing his Master's Degree, and continues to do performances with Bluebell, using the amazing musical milk float as a mobile stage and songwriting workshop space at outdoor events and festivals.
Paul has written a book called 'Floating to the Fringe' about his Guinness World Record breaking tour, which is due for release in August 2020. Paul is also a guitar and songwriting tutor, and recording engineer / producer. Please check out the services section of the website for more details.
For all enquiries please get in touch with Paul via the contact page.
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