Paul Day Band
Paul is an accomplished and versatile guitarist and vocalist who, with his own band will be bringing a touch of the early sixties beat to the festival
Paul started his stage career in 1960 aged 10!
In the early days of the 1950's Rock n Roll boom his two older brothers were in a Rock n Roll group called 'The Sound Barriers'.
It was at this time that the word 'Teenager' was first invented. His brothers, being already teenagers were interested in girls and Rock n Roll (In that order) so Paul used to practice on their guitars while they were out courting. Paul, being 10 was interested in Rock n Roll and Rock n Roll (in that order) and so quite quickly became proficient; so much so that before the year was over he was invited to play guitar as special guest with the band.
So successful was this debut appearance that it became imperative that he should form a group of his own with people nearer to his own age. This he did and by the time he was 12 he was appearing at such places as Sheffield City Hall; Harrogate Spa Royal Hall; Bridlington Spa Royal Hall and was a regular on the Mecca circuit. His band: 'Small Paul and The Young Ones' were a hit all around the north of England, and complete with 13, 14 and 15 year-old screaming girl fans. During the period 1960 – 1965 he appeared with stars such as: Little Richard; The Kinks; Gene Vincent; Gerry and The Pacemakers; Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders; Joe Cocker.
Towards the end of that era Paul had one of his compositions released on the Columbia label, which featured his cousin Jimmy Echo on lead vocals accompanied by The Les Reed Orchestra, who at the same time were working on all the early Tom Jones hits.
From 1966 Paul became especially interested in Blues music. Over the years he has become a respected exponent of that genre and is still renowned for adding his own unique touch to everything he performs.
During the late 1960's and early 1970's he worked extensively in Germany; Italy and France working with several professional bands.
During the Mid 70's to the mid 80's he worked the northern cabaret clubs with various combinations, but always being the chief musical director.
From the mid 80's onwards Paul Day has worked mainly solo, acquiring a sizeable fan base with his 1960s show.
And once again as he has toured the north of England, he has earned the respect of many professional musicians, some of whom join with him this Sunday to form:
The Paul Day Band.