About me ...
Singer - Songwriter - Suffolk dweller
Paul qualified as a doctor from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, sadly now a block of flats, in 1973. As a medical student he ran the medical school folk club and played in a 4 piece band - Barleycorn - singing a combination of Irish folks songs and traditional, often a cappella, songs. When training to be a GP in Colchester he played and sang with Flash Company. Their music was largely traditional but later the group began to perform contemporary covers as well as some self-penned songs. In the 1980’s, Flash Company wrote a song cycle to raise funds for repairs to Colchester Castle. This was a history of the castle in words and music with all the songs being written by the band members. Live shows were performed at the Colchester Arts Centre and a record (yes - vinyl!) was recorded - Castle Keep.
Flash Company were residents at the Colchester Folk Club, as was Paul's next group, RMC. This venture began as three friends playing together for fun but, as time went by, they tried out more and more of their own songs. In 2003 they recorded Take Me Away, an album of original material.
Paul left general practice in 2003. He had long had an interest in Sports Medicine and, after a sabbatical to study the potential for a Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine Service in Colchester, he resigned from his practice (not an easy decision) to set up and develop this NHS service and subsequently ran it for 13 years. He was heavily involved with The British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine both regionally and nationally and in 2018 was hugely honoured to be awarded the Sir Roger Bannister Medal for a life-time achievement in sports medicine.
Paul moved to Suffolk after retiring from medicine and began writing more songs. It was a trip to Derbyshire for a week with Murray Websters Songwriting Retreat in April 2018 that kick-started the writing and was followed later that year by recording some of the songs at Bedfield, The Recording Booth, under the guidance and expertise of David Booth. Thus, On The Edge was born.
... watching our grey skies turn blue ...”