Paul Straws is a well disciplined student of both the craft of songwriting and the ancient art of loop pedalling. He is on the road in 2015 playing the best from a back catalogue of a decade's worth of material - lauded for his 'great songwriting' by BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson, and oft championed by Dave Monks at BBC Introducing.
On record, Straws' songs are beautifully awash with mandolins, ukulele, glorious harmonies and gorgeous cello, and tells tales of love, life, regrets, and whatever else happens to be bothering him at the time. Live, Paul performs with as many instruments as he can carry to a venue and puts them all through his loop pedal and in the past year, he has supported Scott Matthews, Simone Felice and Mary Epworth.
Straws is gradually building his following, both on and off line, aided by his DIY passion for collaborating on his videos, produced by Liverpool TV, including a hand drawn animation for “You Wouldn't See It That Way”. He has also managed two top five entries in the Qatar alternative radio top 40, including a number 1 for “The Crooked Branches Fall”.
Currently touring up and down the country, you can find a full list of his live dates at paulstraws.com.
"After delighting with light, well-crafted mandolin and ukulele led folk pop, the local songsmith plays two filthy numbers straight from the oeuvre of Prince."
(Bido Lito Live Review)
"Sultry, sinister snake of vocal...beautifully maudlin melodies and harmonies"
"Impish grin and delectable guitar playing...a cracking set of music from a very talented musician"
(Ian D Hall LS Media)
"Serene but with the hint of honour...he made the (ukulele) sound as if a passing angel had found it and given it a bash just for the sheer hell of it"
(Liverpool Sound and Vision)
"Shine he will as he is huge eye-candy...talented and original"
Steaming Kettle PR, Suite 26, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD