Paul Bradley – Musician
Belfast-born Paul Bradley apprenticed in punk bands in his hometown before meandering towards his current reputation as versatile composer, multi-instrumentalist and triple-octaved singer, over several genres. Noted in his adopted home, Bristol, as an improvisor of songs and soundscapes, he founded,led and composed for the highly-regarded Bristolian postrockers organelles.
Currently Paul Bradley anchors (via acoustic guitar) the chamber-folk instrumentalism of rising contenders Three Cane Whale.
In other performance arts, Paul has composed and performed for physical-theatrical dance companies (Conscious Opera, Gaskell & White), including shows at the Purcell Room, Chisenhale and The Place. In various groups he has played at NEC, 2nd and Jazzworld stages at Glastonbury Festival, QEH, Union Chapel and St George’s Bristol and has toured USA and Europe. Releasing, or contributing to, over thirty albums, Paul has also made soundtrack music for BBC Wildlife and the Discovery Channel (Natural History of Europe, Nature’s Great Events, The Snow Leopard).
In 2009 Calico Pie, Paul’s children’s album of musical settings for classic poetry (The Tyger, The Owl and the Pussycat among others) was greeted by the Independent on Sunday as “Wonderful”. Calico Pie, and the related live storytelling show The Owl (produced in associatiuon with Bristol Old Vic), inspired visionary choreographer Fleur Darkin to invite Paul to collaborate on Blake Diptych.
“undiscovered genius” Jazzwise
“one of the most truly original performers and composers in the country” Venue Magazine (Bristol)