Paul Thompson is a professional singer-songwriter, guitar tutor and sound engineer based in Upper Sheringham, Norfolk. Paul has gained a reputation as one of the true eccentrics of the British singer-songwriter scene after 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 third album ‘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 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, 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' in his motorhome studio, utilising the university studios and talent (including Grammy-winning drummer Rob Brian) to record the final version. Described by Acoustic Magazine as ‘Blissed out Donovan meets John Martyn’, Paul finally 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.
For all enquiries please get in touch with Paul via the contact page.
“Leave the world-weary cynicism
to one side for an hour and fly above
it all with a true romantic...”