Generally I try to get out a couple of times a week to perform live, keep my practice levels up, and to try new things. The main local open mic night I go to is The Horseshoe Inn Acoustic Club Wellingborough, which is on every Wednesday 9-midnight.
Thursday 30 March 2017: The Carpenters Arms, Irchester feature set at the Wildfire Sessions open mic night.
Thursday 6 April 2017: The Walnut Tree, Blisworth, one of the showcase acts at Ni Ni Sessions showcase night.
Thursday 13 April 2017: The Castle Theatre Wellingborough, Wildfire Sessions feature act.
Wednesday 26 April 2017: The Golden Horse, Northampton, one of the showcase acts at Ni Ni Sessions showcase night.
Saturday 13th May 2017: Waendel Walk Beer Festival, All Saints Church Hall, Wellingborough, 2-7pm.
Sunday 14th May 2017: Waendel Walk, The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 1-3pm.
Saturday 3rd June 2017: Bassetts Park Family Fun Day Wellingborough afternoon event.
Sunday 2nd July 2017: Wellingborough Party In The Park, Croyland Park.
Friday 7th July 2017: Oundle Fringe Festival Full Lunchtime Gig at Cafe Bar at No.4, 12 noon - 2pm.
Saturday 8th July 2017: Ye Golden Lion, Wellingborough, Ni Ni Sessions showcase night.
Tuesday 14 February 2017: The Cuckoos Nest, Northampton feature set at Whiskey Bob's open mic night.
Thursday 2 February 2017: Rose and Crown, Oundle feature set at Desperate Measures open mic night.
Tuesday 17 January 2017: The Cuckoos Nest, Northampton feature set at Whiskey Bob's open mic night.
Friday 13 January 2017: Bluebell Gretton, Wildfire Sessions feature set.
Saturday 31 December 2016: Wellingborough, Private New Years Eve party.
Sunday 18 December 2016: The Golden Lion, Wellingborough, charity event 3-5:30pm.
Tuesday 22 November 2016: Feature set at Wildfire Sessions open mic night Red Lion Rothwell.
Monday 7 November 2016: Monthly Wildfire Sessions Showcase night at The Old Market Inn Kettering.
Sunday 30 October 2016: Oxjam at the Umbrella Fair Pavilion, Racecourse, Kettering Road, Northampton, 2-8pm.
Tuesday 1 November 2016: Cuckoo's Nest Northampton feature set at open mic night.
Wednesday 26 October 2016: The Golden Horse, Northampton, Ni Ni Sessions Acoustic Showcase night.
Sunday 16 October 2016: Obelisk Centre Northampton, feature set at open mic night.
Friday 14 October 2016: Thomas A Becket Northampton, Oxjam night. (Event cancelled, sorry, hopefully it will be moved to a future date)
Saturday 1 October 2016: Oxjam Buskathon, Northampton Grosvenor Centre, Ground Floor outside Burton.
September 2016: I had a break from music in September! But whilst on holiday in St Petersburg Florida and New York City, I did play at a few open mics, including Queens Head Pub St Petes, American Beauty Bar Manhatten, Cassidy's Irish Pub Manhatten.
Friday 26 August 2016: Coachfest, Coach and Horses pub, Oxford St, Wellingborough.
Thursday 25 August 2016: Carpenters Arms Irchester Wildfire Sessions Feature Set.
Saturday 20 August 2016: Northampton Umbrella Fair, Umbrella Cafe tent, full gig 2x45 minutes, 1st set: 2:45pm, 2nd set 6:30pm (each set will be different).
Tuesday 16 August 2016: Cuckoo's Nest Northampton Open Mic Feature Set.
Friday 15 July 2016: The Cuckoos Nest, Northampton, 8pm-late, one of four acts performing.
Saturday 9 July 2016: Hart Brewery Beer Festival, Nene Court, Embankment, Wellingborough, 11am-8pm.
Wednesday 29 June 2016: Golden Horse Northampton Ni Ni Sessions Showcase.
Saturday 18 June 2016: Northampton Music Festival, Abington Street Acoustic Stage, 1:40-2:10pm.
Saturday 12 June 2016: Artichoke pub, Moulton, featured artist at Wildfire Sessions open mic night.
Saturday 11 June 2016: Private birthday party in the evening.
Saturday 4 June 2016: Wellingborough Bassetts Park Fun Day
Thursday 2 June 2016: Walnut Tree Blisworth Ni Ni Sessions Showcase.
Saturday 28 May 2016: Hare and Hounds, Great Addington, feature set at Wildfire Sessions acoustic night, 8:30pm start.
Thursday 19 May 2016: Castle Fields Bandstand gig 4pm.
Saturday 14 May 2016: Waendel Beer Festival, All Saints Church Hall, Midland Rd, Wellingborough, Saturday Afternoon Acoustic Sessions, 3-6pm.
Saturday 14 May 2016: Waendel Fair, The Castle, Wellingborough, part of Waendel Weekend, mid-day start.
Friday 13 May 2016: Croyland Gardens, Wellingborough, Lost Zoo music festival, part of Waendel Weekend, 5pm start.
Thursday 07 April 2016: Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, feature set at Ni Ni Sessions acoustic night.
Tuesday 29 March 2016: Red Lion Rothwell, feature set at Wildfire Sessions open mic night.
Thursday 28 January 2016: Carpenters Arms Irchester, feature set at Wildfire Sessions open mic night.
Monday 4 January 2016: Old Market Inn Kettering, feature set at Wildfire Sessions Acoustic Showcase.
Saturday 5 December 2015: One of the feature acts at the Hart Family Brewery Christmas Beer Festival in Wellingborough (music cancelled due to weather).
Tuesday 1 December 2015: One of the feature acts at the Wildfire Sessions open mic night Althorp Coaching Inn, Great Brington.
Friday 6 November 2015: One of the feature acts at the Nag's Head Wollaston as part of a Wildfire Sessions showcase event.
Thursday 29 October 2015: Feature set at the Rose and Crown Hartwell open mic.
Wednesday 28 October 2015: Part of an acoustic showcase of acts at The Golden Horse Northampton.
Saturday 24 October 2015: The Annual Great Doddington Club Beer Festival, 3-7pm, I hosted and performed at a 4 hour acoustic showcase of original songs and covers from local singer songwriters.
Sunday 11 October 2015: The Olde England 2, Wellingborough, 3-6pm, I was the main act performing 2 x 45 minute sets of covers and originals, with the excellent Chris Herald as the support act.
Thursday 1 October 2015: Performed as part of an acoustic showcase of acts at The Walnut Tree Blisworth.
Saturday 26 September 2015: The Annual Wellingborough Beer Festival, All Saints Church Hall, Midland Road, Wboro, 3-7pm, I hosted and performed at a 4 hour acoustic showcase of original songs and covers from local singer songwriters Amy Claire, The Tallest Hogarth, Esme Eva and The Farriers.
Sunday 20 September 2015: The Falcon, Huntingdon, 3-6pm, I was the main act performing 2 x 45 minute sets of covers and originals. Thanks to Chris Herald for performing an excellent support set.
Monday 31 August 2015: Wellingborough Balloon Festival, Sywell, Bank Holiday Monday, 6pm - 30 minute feature set. Unfortunately due to rain, the Balloon Festival weekend was cancelled on both the Sunday and Monday. Instead, I played at the Horseshoe Inn Bank Holiday Monday acoustic afternoon.
Sunday 30 August 2015: Coach and Horses pub, Wellingborough, Bank Holiday Weekend Wildfire Sessions Music Festival 3:45pm - 30 minute feature set.
Sunday 16 August 2015: The Umbrella Fair, Northampton, Acoustic Stage 1:30pm
Saturday 8 August 2015: Woodfest, Irchester Park
Sunday 14 June 2015: Olde England 2 pub, 13-14 Silver Street, Wellingborough NN8 1BQ, 3-6pm, I performed 2 x 45 minute sets as the main feature act, with support from Daniel Butterworth and Chris.
Saturday 13 June 2015: Falcon Tavern, 10 Market Street, Huntingdon Cambridgeshire PE29 3NR, 3-6pm, I performed 2 x 45 minute sets as the main feature act, with support from Daniel Butterworth and Chris.
Saturday 6 June 2015: Family Fun Day Bassetts Park Wellingborough. I'll be kicking off the music with a 30 minute set on the band stand at 12:05pm, after the Mayor's speech, for this free community event by the Rotary Club. The facebook event page is at www.facebook.com/events/457438651070492
Saturday 9 May 2015: Waendel Walk Weekend Beer Festival. I hosted and performed at a 4 hour acoustic showcase 3pm-7pm at the Waendel Beer Festival, All Saints Church Hall, Midland Road, Wellingborough.
Monday 6 April 2015: Old Market Inn, Kettering, featured artist slot at Wildfire Sessions Acoustic Showcase.
Thursday 2 April 2015: Red Lion, Kislingbury, featured artist slot at Dan Hughes's open mic night.
Tuesday 24 March 2015: Althorp Coaching Inn, Great Brington, one of two featured acts, Wildfire Sessions.
Wednesday 11 March 2015: Knights Lodge, Corby, feature act.
Tuesday 17 February 2015: White Swan, Harringworth, Wildfire Sessions 8:30pm, one of the two featured acts.
Thursday 22 January 2015: Coach and Horses, Oxford St, Wellingborough NN8 4HY, Wildfire Sessions Acoustic Sessions 8:30pm, one of the featured acts.
Wednesday 17 December 2014: Kitty O'Shea's, Northampton NN1 1PS (near Argos), one of the acts performing at Daniel Knight's Showcase event.
Wednesday 26 November 2014: Golden Horse, Southampton Rd, Northampton NN4 8DZ, Hannah Faulkner's Ni Ni Acoustic Sessions 8:30pm, one of the featured acts.
Saturday 22 November 2014: Hart Brewery Beer Festival, Wellingborough NN8 1LD 11-8pm. 45 minute feature set.
Tuesday 4 November 2014: Althorp Coaching Inn, Great Brington, Widfire Sessions feature spot, 8:30-11pm.
Saturday 25 October 2014: Great Doddington Club Beer Festival Acoustic Sessions 3-7pm.
Thursday 15 October 2014: Walnut Tree Inn, 21 Station Rd, Blisworth NN7 3DS, Hannah Faulkner's Ni Ni Acoustic Sessions 8:30pm, one of 4 featured acts.
Saturday 27 September 2014: Wellingborough Beer Festival Acoustic Sessions 3-7pm.
Sunday 7 September 2014: Monk and Minstrel, Isham, feature set at Wildfire Sessions open mic.
Monday 25 August 2014: Horseshoe Inn Wellingborough Bank Holiday Monday music festival.
Sunday 17 August 2014: Castle Fields Fun Day Wellingborough, Bandstand, 11am.
Sunday 10 August 2014: Woodfest Auden Acoustic Stage 11:30am, Irchester Country Park.
Monday 4 August 2014: Old Market Inn Kettering, feature set at Wildfire Sessions Acoustic Showcase.
Wednesday 23 July 2014: King Billy, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, feature set at open mic.
Saturday 19 July 2014: Hart Beer Festival, Wellingborough, Paul Strummer band gig with Esme Eva and Rebecca Freeman, 45 minute set at 12:15pm.
Saturday 12 July 2014: Tea on the Lawn, Northampton Racecourse, 25 minute set at 7:30pm.
Saturday 5 October 2013: A Saturday night gig at the Welcome Inn Rushden, 3 x 30 minute sets of originals and covers, thanks to everyone who was there.
Sat 31 Aug 2013: Highlights of my feature set at Welcome Inn Party In The Car Park, Rushden.
Thu 22 Aug 2013: Full live open mic set in London (2 original songs from 2nd album and 1 cover)
Saturday 29 June 2013: My first official Saturday night gig, at the Welcome Inn open mic, Rushden, with the talented Charlie Lock as the other act. Nice friendly crowd happy to listen to both covers and originals from myself and Charlie Lock. In all I performed 23 songs over 3 sets - over an hour and a half of performing! - 13 covers (2 local covers) and 10 of my own songs from either my first album (from 2011) or my second album out soon.
Set 1: 1. In Your Eyes Kylie Minogue, 2. That'll Do Nicely Bad Manners, 3. The Moon Is Awfully Bright (my own song, 2nd album), 4. Talent Shows (my own song, 2nd album), 5. Word Up Cameo (video clip), 6. Waiting For The Sign (my own song, 1st album), 7. Devil Comes A Knocking (my own song, 1st album)
Set 2: 1. Back To Black Amy Winehouse, 2. Read All About It Part 3 Emeli Sande, 3. What's Special With You (my own song, 1st album), 4. Guilt Trip (my own song, 1st album), 5. Summer Rain (my own song, 1st album), 6. What A Waste Ian Dury and the Blockheads, 7. You (my own song, 2nd album)
Set 3: 1. No Diggity Blackstreet, 2. Babooshka Kate Bush, 3. Gitane Kenneth J Nash, 4. Strongbow Karl Phillips and the Midnight Ramblers, 5. Rest Of Your Life (my own song, 1st album), 6. My Gift To You (my own song, 1st album), 7. Dog Eat Dog Adam and the Ants, 8. Seven Nation Army The White Stripes, 9. Hushaby Mountain Dick Van Dyke
Saturday 18 May 2013: I'm extremely proud to have organised, promoted, hosted, PA'd/sound engineered and played at 2 local acoustic showcases at 2 local beer festivals (large events) in Wellingborough in the space of 7 days, showing off local talent and locally brewed songs. This Saturday afternoon 2pm-5pm 18 May 2013 it was a 3 hour acoustic showcase at Wellingborough's Hart Family Brewery 1st Year Birthday Bash, see these video highlights (34 minute video). The week before on a Saturday afternoon/early evening 11 May 2013 it was a 3 and a half hour Acoustic Showcase at Wellingborough's International Waendel Walk Beer Festival.
Sunday 10 February 2013: I've had my guitar for nearly 2 years now, and I still like it a lot, so I thought I'd create this guitar review video.
Thursday 3 January 2013: Happy New Year! Local acoustic events promoter Wildfire Sessions have just released a 20 track compilation CD for Shelter, with songs from local acoustic singer songwriters including Twist Of Fortune, a song from my debut album. The CD is available from the Wildfire website, and will also be launched at the Wildfire Sessions late Xmas party tonight at Ye Golden Lion, Wellingborough.
Monday 31 December 2012: 2012 Year In Review. A look back and review of what I got up to in 2012, including some interesting stats on what my top 80 acoustic songs were, that I covered.
Sunday 28 October 2012: I felt very privileged to be a part of the Troubadour Club Tribute Night at such a great music venue, The Musician, Leicester. Wildfire Sessions organised a night in homage to the famous LA club - The LA Troubadour - which hosted so many great legendary acts, many debuting their craft on the venue's stage. Local singer songwriters and acoustic artists got the chance to perform covers of their favourite singer songwriters who have performed at the Troubadour club. My set consisted of a Leo Sayer medley ending with a Tom Waits song: 1. The Show Must Go On Leo Sayer (video clip), 2. One Man Band Leo Sayer (video clip), 3. Giving It All Away Leo Sayer (video clip), 4. Ice Cream Man Leo Sayer (video clip). In 1974, 26 year old British singer songwriter Leo Sayer, on his second album of songs (some of which Roger Daltrey covered in his first solo album), toured the US and performed at the Troubadour. At this time during his live shows, Leo Sayer dressed in a wonderful pierrot clown outfit! In 1970, a 21 year old Tom Waits started performing open mic piano sets at the Troubadour, with some Dylan covers but also his own songs too including Ice Cream Man, a song on his Closing Time debut album in 1973. I try to cover quite a range of songwriter's songs, usually one song per songwriter then moving on to the next artist, but Leo Sayer and Tom Waits are the only songwriters where I've arranged and performed covers for 3 of their songs, so far! Their songs are definitely favourites for me, and these songs are quite an influence on my own songwriting!
Sunday 02 September 2012: Quite proud of this, the full youtube 8 video playlist of my 30 minute feature set at the Wildfire Sessions Horseshoe Sywell open mic night 2 Sundays ago. 8 songs, 1 cover and 7 originals.
1. Walk On By Dionne Warwick, 2. Waiting For The Sign, 3. Rest Of Your Life, 4. Out Of The Maze, 5. Summer Rain, 6. What's Special With You, 7. The Moon Is Awfully Bright, 8. This Tour
Proud because I managed to arrange and play a Hal David tribute song that afternoon/evening, and generally proud that for the whole set I managed to not only play the right notes, but in most cases play the right notes in the right order!
Monday 04 June 2012: Submitted my solo acoustic cover of Gallows Pole to Neil Young's Cover an American Classic Talenthouse competition. Here is the Talenthouse preview page. Update 27 June 2012: contest is now over, thanks to everybody who listened, supported and provided feedback. The final winner was a very good cover of Wayfarin' Stranger from US folk band Profane Sass.
Thursday 05 January 2012: In addition to iTunes, my album Strummer Singer Songwriter (acoustic), is now available for preview or purchase on Amazon mp3 downloads (UK, US, Germany, France, Japan), Spotify, Play.com, Tesco Entertainment, Nokia Music Store, European stores like 121MusicStore.eu, and more coming soon!
Thursday 22 December 2011: My album Strummer Singer Songwriter (acoustic), is now available for preview or purchase on iTunes, just search within your iTunes application for Paul Strummer. The album artwork is the usual light green sketch artwork. The album, containing 12 tracks, is £7.99 (67p per track) or tracks purchased individually are 79p. Click on the iTunes button below to see the album on the iTunes website.
Friday 16 December 2011: As promised at the Amore last night, here is a free preview of the club mix my friend (another Wellingborough guy) created based on my acoustic Devil Comes A Knocking song! Firstly I must say that I'm chuffed that anyone would want to remix one of my songs off their own back. I should also say that out of the songs on my album, this song was one that I could least envisage in electronic form, since there are other songs that were more created with a soul/RnB/club genre in mind. But I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with what my friend created from what was the pretty basic raw material of my original acoustic version. So here is the Devil Comes A Knocking (Shadowman Club Mix).
From May 2011 to August 2013 I did keep a log of what songs I played where, but after then, I found it increasingly difficult to keep this up to date, especially as set times increased. So suffice to say now that I get out and play live locally roughly twice a week at open mics and other acoustic events, and anything out of the ordinary and news worthy I will include on this page. The old page can be found here