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Paul Davy
Paul Davy is a singer-songwriter based in Menston in the UK. He songs have folk, blues, rock and country influences. He got back in to songwriting about 5 years ago and the result is his first album Better Late. This followed a chance encounter with the Producer, Nigel Stonier and plucking up the courage to contact him and send some demo songs.
About the Album: 30 years in development, 5 years in the making and 13 days in the studio, the self-funded Better Late is Paul’s first studio album.
Recorded at Airtight Studios in Manchester and produced by rock musician Nigel Stonier, Better Late is a collection of 12 songs detailing Paul’s observations on birth, life and death. From homelessness to Virgin trains, the birth of his first grand-daughter to the death of a close family member – Paul’s lyrical, musical exploration of the world around him offers listeners a distinct bluesy/folk style with storytelling well and truly at its heart.
Paul is backed on the album by guest vocals from singer/songwriter Thea Gilmore and instrumental contributions from, amongst others, Nigel Stonier, Robbie McIntosh (Paul McCartney band, The Pretenders), Che Beresford (Black Grape, Capercaillie) Chris Hillman (Billy Bragg band), Liz Hanks (Jarvis Cocker, Pulp, Richard Hawley)and Al Lowles (I Am Kloot). Plus contributions from family and friends.
The story behind each song:
1. Karen - ‘Karen’ is someone Helen, from the Leeds (UK) charity Simon on the Streets, came across and wrote about in her blog. Karen asked Helen if she had a daughter (yes) and if she had long hair (also yes). Karen then uncoiled her own hair and taught Helen to plait it so she could in turn plait her daughter’s hair. They met again a year later. When Helen reminded Karen of the first meeting, she said she always talks to her daughter about Karen when plaiting her hair. Karen burst in to tears – someone who cared.
2.Woman on the Track - A dream woke me up at two thirty in the morning and had delivered the title and chorus of this song. I got my guitar, wrote it down, went back to sleep and finished the whole thing off later that morning.
3. One Chain Road - This is the road where my Dad lives outside Melbourne, Australia. This song is about going to see him and the mixed emotions these visits always cause. They get family and friends to plant a tree when they visit – the trees of souls.
4. Tale of Our Times - The tragedy of the Morecambe Bay (UK) cockle-pickers, during the night of 5 February 2004, has always bothered me. The 10th anniversary inspired the lyric. Some of the families are still paying off the people traffickers in China who got them to the UK in the first place. Only one gang-master in the UK was prosecuted and later deported on his release. The bodies of 21 of the 23 who died were recovered at the time. The remains of the 22nd were found in 2010 and the 23rd has still to be found. The exploitation is still going on, but now with Eastern Europeans replacing the Chinese.
5. Look Around and Turn Away - Countless journeys on the train from Leeds to London and back again allow plenty of time for sorting out the problems of the world. Rab Noakes did something similar sitting in a bar in his song Together Forever.
6. When the Train Comes Along - The origin of these lyrics is a former slave plantation on St Helena Island, South Carolina. The earliest reference I’ve found is from 1909 (Religious Folk Songs of the Southern Negroes – Howard W Odum) but there are loads of versions in different styles from slow gospel to ragtime and heaven forbid country (Mississippi Fred McDowell, Henry Thomas, Uncle Dave Macon, Elizabeth Cotton, The Waterboys, etc). My interest was sparked by a reference to the chorus in Frog Music, the novel by Emma Donoghue. The lyrics are a composite; the tune is mine albeit ‘in the style of’.
7. Alone in London - I used to spend a great deal of time working in London during the week before heading back to Leeds. These are my observations of the streets around Victoria on any night.
8. Sandpiper - This is about Druridge Bay, Northumberland, UK - and yes, that is a Sandpiper you can hear at the end.
9. Same Thing Every Year - The floods in the UK a couple of years ago caused my imagination to run riot. It would take a flood of biblical proportions to get to our garden gate.
10. Take Me Down That Path - This is about my life-long personal opposition to organised religion, my search for my own direction and a different moral path.
11. You'll Be Fine - Just after my cousin Tim died in 2012, this and other events in my extended family got me to thinking about mortality. The song is written from the perspective of the person who has died, giving those left behind permission to be ok. This song is dedicated to my cousin Nick who died on 5 April 2015. He showed great courage and humour throughout and kept a blog going from late 2012 until his final blog on 28 March 2015.
12. Go to Sleep Lullaby - My granddaughter was born in April 2014. Although this is about her first few months, anyone who’s had anything to do with a new born will know where I’m coming from.

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PST Name length NextPlay
9:00 Karen 03:32 8-Oct-16
9:03 Woman on the Track 03:55 8-Oct-16
9:07 One Chain Road 04:22 8-Oct-16
9:12 Tale Of Our Times 04:02 8-Oct-16
9:16 Look Around and Turn Away 05:01 8-Oct-16
9:21 When The Train Comes Along 04:06 8-Oct-16
9:25 Alone In London 03:47 8-Oct-16
9:29 The Sandpiper 05:09 8-Oct-16
9:34 Same Thing Every Year 04:06 8-Oct-16
9:38 Take Me Down That Path 04:39 8-Oct-16
9:43 You'll Be Fine 03:35 8-Oct-16
9:47 Go To Sleep Lullaby 04:21 8-Oct-16