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Paul Brett

Paul Brett

Paul Brett is rated as one of the best 12 string acoustic guitarists in the world. He has played or recorded with The Strawbs, The Overlanders, Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, The Velvet Opera, Tintern Abbey, Fire, Roy Harper, Al Stewart, Lonnie Donegan, Paul Brett Sage and in his own right as Paul Brett. He was a top session guitarist in the 1960’s & 70’s, having been in demand for many top sessions with a wide variety of Artistes. His first 12 string guitar suite “ Earth Birth “ was critically acclaimed. It was released on Paul’s own label Phoenix Future and produced by world famous artist Ralph Steadman of “Fear & Loathing“ fame. This led to Paul being signed on a four album deal to RCA. He later achieved album Chart success and Gold & Silver LP sales via his K-Tel “Romantic Guitar “ album. As a journalist, wrote for Melody Maker, NME, Sound International and International Musician in the same time frame he produces shows for Capital Radio, was a Marketing Consultant for Aria Guitars under whose brand he released two “Paul Brett” signature guitars. One six string and one 12 string model which have now become collectors items. In the early 1980’s, Paul decided to move to the “other side” and became Managing Director for Pan Polychord . Wrote TV Themes for Thames Television, credits include CP Taylor’s ” Rainbow Coloured Disco Dancer “, The first Aids series of nightly programmes and The M25 Travel Series. He was then co- head of Production with Michele Breeze for the Rank Holiday Division for eight consecutive years till the mid 90’s and also Production Director for Majesty Cruise lines in the States. Currently concentrating on writing and recording. CD releases include “Acoustic Power” with John Joyce, “Boudicca”, a stage musical co-written with Evita Star Michele Breeze. DVD releases ”Collecting Vintage Acoustic Guitars” ( DVD ) , “12 string guitar & Beyond” ( DVD ). Just released is a brand new book ” Music & Tablature for 12 string Acoustic Guitar” with accompanying CD.

Paul is the resident expert on Vintage Acoustic Guitars for UK National Magazine ‘Acoustic’. He is also, currently the Associate Editor for Music Maker and Live in London magazines. His new collaboration with EVITA Star Michele Breeze on her second one woman musical drama ‘The Queen’s Chambers’, based upon the life of Elizabeth 1, is now in it’s final stages before recording.

He has recently guested on Internationally broadcast television shows “The Antiques Roadshow” and “Flog It”. Both mainstream programmes made by the BBC.

Paul has a new CD due out on Fretdancer in May 09. He has set to music and song many of the much heralded poems from Izaak Walton’s Classic book “The Compleat Angler.”

A DVD of the Life,Times & Legacy of Izaak Walton is released in June 2010. It is a documentary with music made by Paul about the famous English author and angler. There is also a music/tablaturebook released at the same time featuring Paul's 'Songs from the Compleat Angler' together with an acoustic version in CD-R format as a guide.

Also in June 2010, Paul releases his new slbum "Solo 'Orchestral' 12 string guitar. This features a new collection of instrumentals composed by Paul for solo 12 string guitar in his own unique 'Orchestral' style. Again, a music/tablature book is available from www.paulbrettguitarist.co.uk

New 2011 release : The Fox's Prophecy & The Gryphon Suite".

Found in the private papers of D.W.Nash, although not confirmed to have been written by him, was the legendary countryside poem "The Fox's Prophecy". Told to a Huntsman by an aged Fox, this poem predictsed the future of England. Considering when it was written, it is ectremely accurate and far more so than any of Nostradamus's quatrains. The Gryphon Suite is a suite of instrumentals played on American Luthier, Joe Veillette's new concept for High 12 string guitar. An amazing, spiritual sound is produced by Joe's new baby.