SEEKINGBand to Join, Vocalist, Acoustic Guitar.
Harmonica player and singer/songwriter. Looking for either: an acoustic guitarist to carry on Blues project with or an exceptional band to join and play harmonica for. I don't have a premier membership so can't be contacted through here but please feel free to contact me through Soundcloud: paulgillings
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- Member since:
- Feb 23 2017
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 6-7 nights a week
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You Don't Even Know
You Don't Even Know Year: 2019 Album: You Don't Even Know Genre: Blues
Further AwayChilled instrumental track featuring guitar and harmonica. Nothing flashy, just making some ambient and atmospheric sounds.
Wind Down After Work Blues
Wind Down After Work BluesHEAVY HARP TONE ALERT! I'd had a stressful day at work so I thought I'd de-stress by playing a bit of harp. I created a quick backing track in Garageband and had a little jam over it on a Seydel Low Tone in Low D (song key of A). If anyone wants the backing track on an MP3 (without harmonica on!) so they can have a go themselves then email me via email@example.com or through my website: www.paulgillingsharmonica.com
Brother EstrangedOriginally released as an instrumental, I decided to add the lyrics and make a full band production out of this track. This track is about my bro. He’s only a year younger than me and we were raised as almost twins. Estranged from me as an adult and I miss him every day.
White Wine and Country Songs
White Wine and Country SongsA cozy little country flavoured track with a story. I'm trying out this genre after only recently having fallen in love with it. I'm a big fan of the way that country music has of telling stories about life and relationships. Quite different to Blues in chord sequences and song construction but at the same time so much in common.
Rise Up To Meet Me
Rise Up To Meet MeIt's always the Nineties in my head so I've written an entirely 'baggy' song so that I can pretend I'm 17 again and attending a festival in 1993. Happy times.
Why Do I Have To Ask
Why Do I Have To AskA fairly stark and brooding track with touches of early nineties Indie thrown in. I tried to create an atmosphere between the echo guitar and the distorted harmonica on this track. The lyrics are very personal...
Blaming YouA Blues/Rock track recorded in the aftermath of my 2020 album 'Invisible Prison'. Classic rock inspired drums and guitar riff with scorching harmonica solo in the middle!
3 Heads Are Better Than 1
3 Heads Are Better Than 1An instrumental slow Blues track. I couldn't decide which harmonica to use for this improvisation so I used them all, one after another! First solo in 5th position on a Low F harmonica, second solo is 3rd position on a G harmonica and last solo 2nd position on an Am Natural Harmonica. Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar and rhythm Guitar all played by me, Drums are samples. Recorded in my home studio.
I Gave Up My Evening For This
I Gave Up My Evening For ThisA rocking Blues full band number - as usual all instruments played by me. Lyrics not necessarily about anyone in particular, but I did have an ex that it might be aimed at (name begins with E). :-) Hope you enjoy.
It Hurts Like Hell
It Hurts Like HellA Rocking Blues number featuring myself on guitar, harp, bass and vocals. Thank you to the internet for the Drum samples ;-)(all bought and paid for!). Had to pull off some swift overblowing for the harp part in main riff.
It Beats Me Baby
It Beats Me BabyAs usual, I played all the instruments on this one (except the drum samples!) It Beats Me Baby is an upbeat rocking blues, full band number. I got a bit silly in the harmonica solo on this one, I think I got away with it?!
Are You a Have or Are You a Have Not
Are You a Have or Are You a Have NotThis is a full band blues number featuring some ripping harp! All instruments played by me (except the drum samples!)The lyrics are all about the crappy stuff kids used to say to me about my family's financial situation when I was at school in what was, ironically, one of the most deprived areas of the UK.
Waiting BluesThis full-band rocking Blues track is a departure from my usual effort as I tried to replicate a full Blues band. I played the Bass guitar, rhythm guitar, harmonica, vocals and used drum samples to create this track.
I Didn't Make The World I Just Try To Live In It
I Didn't Make The World I Just Try To Live In ItThis acoustic bluesy track is about a conversation I had with my teenage son mixed with a phrase I heard someone say once that got me to thinking about deferring responsibility. Forgive the home recording, listen out for the harp solo at the end. Free to listen or download.
It Gets Earlier Every Year
It Gets Earlier Every YearIt's not really Christmas until you hear Fairytale of New York on the radio, so why so early with the decs in the shops from the start of November?!!! This is my rock/blues take on a Christmas song. Take your sense of humour with you and enjoy...
I'm So Tired
I'm So TiredA slow, simple acoustic Blues track. My good self on Harp, Guitar and almost-spoken vocals.
KWSAn rocking instrumental track. Rock Harp anyone?
Living In A Right Backwater
Living In A Right Backwater
Better DayMy take on the Blues classic by Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcghee. A Beautiful song, i hope I've done it justice! www.paulgillingsharmonica.com
You Don't Even Know
You Don't Even KnowThis is the title track from my new solo acoustic album 'You Don't Even Know' which is available through all digital outlets from 2nd September. Check out the ripping harp solo 2 minutes in ;-) www.paulgillingsharmonica.com
Major 7Instrumental. A simple two chord run round played on acoustic guitar with some harmonica noodling over the top. Really just a practise session for me as I try to expand my repertoire. The improvised melody line is played on a standard D Major diatonic harmonica.
Tweed Tube Amp And A Crystal Element
Tweed Tube Amp And A Crystal ElementOne for the harmonica players. A rough and ready Blues track about some of the more questionable advice and opinions I have experienced about electric harmonica playing over the years. The lyrics are just plain sarcasm and should not be taken seriously at all.
All These Years
All These YearsStealing heavily from Bo Diddley on this one. Harmonica and muted guitar take the main rhythm with some slide guitar and multi-tracked vocals. Of course there is an obligatory and gratuitous harmonica solo! Thanks to Chris Garrod for the loan of the acoustic bass. :-) This is a rhythmical, bluesy track about time spent on a project/friendship/situation/relationship/job that initially one feels has been a waste of time but in retrospect you must have gained something from it. Did you? Did I? 11 years in the same band, 14 years with the same guitarist and 30 years playing the harmonica. I can't say I've wasted all those years.
This Will Always Be A Thing
This Will Always Be A ThingChilled acoustic track on acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocal harmonies. The song is about two people who can't stay away from each other, no matter how much they really should; there will always be a 'thing' between them.
Brother Estranged (Instrumental)
Brother Estranged (Instrumental)Harmonica driven track with a latin feel. Instrumental version of song about my estranged brother. Would make a good film/TV show soundtrack? I layered loads of harmonicas onto this one and tried to make them sound like one harp. The horn stands are three part harmonies on a Natural Minor tuned harmonica, as is the solo. I used a really cheap pick up onto my acoustic guitar to try and get that echoey, club sound (check me out jammin on a guitar!) I used a Seydel low tuned harp for the cello-type bass line.
Just A Little Fish (Demo)
Just A Little Fish (Demo)This is a song about the trials and tribulations I've had to navigate over the years on the local music scene; managing one's own ego, meeting other musicians, perceived status etc etc I wrote the lyrics after attending a local A&R night. Acoustic guitars, vocals and harmonica all by me, recorded in my home studio
Trying All The Time
Trying All The TimeMulti-tracked, original acoustic song: acoustic guitars, bass guitar, harmonicas and vocals. Written and recorded in December 2018 by Paul Gillings. Fed up with trying all the time? So am I, that's what this song is all about. Original lyrics were way harsher but had to mellow it down (also pretty personal about a certain individual!). I found the art in describing things to sound more general than specifically about someone. Pretty proud of the harmonica solo at 2:09! :-)
As Crazy As Me
As Crazy As Me3 Harmonicas & 2 vocals is all that makes up this track (all played by me). Keep it straight and simple. Low D harmonica used for the main chugging and Kongsheng regular D for the solo. Thought I would post the lyrics incase anyone is interested: Well I’m crazy about you baby And I’m crazy about you legs Crazy about your tattoos And the things that you’ve said Well I’m crazy As crazy as you Could I come on over to your place See all the crazy we could do The doc said you’re crazy The nurse said that I am too We both look pretty normal When you see it like I do Because you’re crazy, As crazy as me Let’s get together baby See how crazy we can be I met the mayor of crazy town He sure made sense to me He said He knew a girl who’s crazy as can be, He said she’s crazy, As crazy as you, Roll on up to her place See all the crazy you can do I’m crazy about your lips I’m insane about your hips The way you make things right I’m crazy about your quips You’re not crazy If you are then I am too Let’s get together baby See all the crazy we can do
Old FriendA gentle acoustic track featuring the finger picking style of my old friend Laurie Taylor, with whom I had an acoustic Blues duo in the Nineties. The track is based on Laurie's love of Folk scene of the Seventies, with a pariticular nod to Bert Jansch. My fave was John Martyn, echoed in my vocal style on this one.
You're Right (2018)
You're Right (2018)A stripped back, acoustic, re-recorded version of a song I recorded nearly 20 years ago which was over produced by a friend of mine. I've taken it back to it's basic roots with a haunting melancholic feel to it. Guitar, vocals and Harmonica all by me.
I Will Walk
I Will WalkA multi-tracked, rock orientated song. Features some ripping Harmonica and an enormous chorus of epic proportions! The drums are sampled as I can't play those but the rest (guitar, bass, harmonica and vocals) is all me. I wrote this about dealing with my depression and suicidal feelings of late.
Keep On Brother
Keep On BrotherAcoustic americana, multi-tracked, guitar, harmonica and vocals on this original track. A track I wrote about masculinity and looking out for each other. A subject close to my heart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeyRyZIkBvo&feature=share