Paul Armfield’s first album Songs Without Words was released in 2003 to wide critical acclaim, his voice being compared to the likes of Cat Stevens, Tim Hardin and Nick Drake and the music being described as Folk Noir. A big fan of Scott Walker, Paul was applauded for his renditions of Jacques Brel chansons, as well as his own lovelorn, poetic songs.
His album of Tennyson’s Poetry set to music, ‘Up Here’ found fans such as Lauren Laverne and Caitlin Moran, and 2015’s ‘Found’: a selection of songs written around a collection of photographs gathered from the flea markets of Berlin; Radio Eins declared it ‘The best Berlin album of all time’.
With a strong fan-base on the continent, Paul’s latest album ‘Domestic’, explored the concept of ‘home’. Foreshadowing Brexit and the subsequent pandemic, the album was a crowd-funded success and became a firm favourite of Mark Radcliffe.
Paul is a songwriter’s songwriter, picking up plaudits from Guy Garvey and Chris Difford. Still selling books by day he is also an occasional funeral celebrant, a lino-cut artist, and a double bassist whose playing can be heard on the best-selling Michael Kiwanuka single ‘I’m Getting Ready’. An accomplished musical-saw player, he has a busking alter-ego called the Stranger On The Saw.