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Paul Lawler

Paul as a wee laddiePaul started on the stage at the age of two and a half - in his birthplace of Liverpool, UK - but his folk singing started in Sydney in 1968 where he became a regular performer on the Folk Club circuit.  In 1971 he moved to Darwin, co-founding the still-running Top End Folk Club.  He stayed there for 20 or so years - in between overseas trips in the 70’s where he sang professionally in Ireland (fortuitously meeting Bill Hauritz, later of Woodford/Maleny Festival fame), worked in Sweden with Bill and also squatted in London with folkie legends, Alan Forshaw and Phil Brown.   Whilst in Darwin, he co-ran many Festival workshops with the infamous Stewie (Paul Stewart), wrote songs and sang Solo, plus sang with a cappella harmony groups (Chameleon / Green, White and Light / Acappella Fellas / No Strings Attached / Soundscape), a jug band (Extra Scrote) and formed the folk-rock band, Gutter Press.  He also wrote scripts and music for theatre shows (The Magic Rissole / Music Should Not Only Sound Good, It should Taste Good).

Paul holding a protest sign


Leaving his NTPS Senior Tech Officer employment, Paul opted for a career in The Arts, graduating in Fine Art (Ass.Dip) in 1992.  After moving to Maleny in late 1993, Paul became a Licensed Pyrotechnician and also continued working with Neil Cameron Productions in fire theatre - which curtailed the singing somewhat(!!), except for a cameo with Andy Oxidant and the Free Radical Gospeleers.  But, he came out of hibernation in 2001 to co-run with partner, Richenda Bridge, the popular Maleny folk night called : “A Bit Of Folk On The Side” (ABOFOTS).  He was then bludgeoned into singing in WORK-IN-PROGRESS by the sheilas!  Paul plays acoustic guitar, dulcimer, some banjo and fiddle, and, the fool.  He is a member of the Woodford Folk Festival Management Committee and from early 2003 until early 2011, was the Director of the festival’s Closing Ceremony Fire Event.

Listen to Paul in Darwin, performing
Robert Burns' beautiful song
'My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose' (2m12s 2Mb):




*** 2009 : Andy Oxidant is experiencing a revival as Andy Oxidant and the Unbelieving Free Radical Gospeleers - but with instruments added this time (Hallelujah, Brother!) - Lawls plays guitar and banjo, plus vocals.
He has also built the "PL-46" electric guitar (a Weapon of Mass Distortion), which is a replica AK-47 and perfect for his new Peacenik rock band :
The Mixed Guerillas
! ***

If you’re interested in pics of Paul’s earlier antics and performances, follow this link :
See blast-from-the-past ye olde photos here.


Recordings : Paul has both a solo and a group track (with No Strings Attached), on the Top End Folk Club’s CD “Roll Back the Years” (1992); a solo track on The National Festival’s “35 Years” compilation (2003); he produced his first recording, a concept CD of original songs - accompanied  by Maleny’s The Just Desserts  - and entitled “A Taste of Good Music” (2005); and a duo track on Mudcat compilation series “This Is Us (Water)” (Mudcat Café, 2011). Paul is an APRA / AMCOS member.