Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

Paul has a lot of bottle

Written by  Simon Alcock
Rate this item
(1 Vote)
Paul has a lot of bottle

Rules? Pah! Who needs them? Certainly not Baconsthorpe-based singer Paul Thompson. Paul wanted to do something memorable to mark the release of his forthcoming album ‘Lost in the Land of Midnight Sun’, a title derived from a three month tour of Alaska and Canada, so he decided to tour Britain by milk float. You may want to read this paragraph a second time to reassure yourself that your eyes don’t deceive you. A milk float.

The obvious opening gambit when speaking to someone thinking that far outside the box is to doubt their sanity, so I wondered aloud whether Paul had ever taken stock of what he was planning and thought “What the hell am I doing?” “Just about every single day for the last few months” he replied. “It took a while to get going after having the original idea. It’s getting a bit better now as I’m starting to see the rewards for all the hard work.  To help raise funds I’m selling advertising on the milk float and I’ve got sponsorship from Caledonian Macbrayne the ferry company, who are going to pay for all my ferry travel. It’s taken me a lot of work to get to that point.”     

As Paul indicated, his tour involves some travelling over water. The first gig is at the Green Britain Centre at Swaffham, before a stop in Kings Lynn, then Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Durham, Hadrian’s Wall, mainland Scotland, the Scottish islands and then back onto the mainland before 12 nights at the Edinburgh festival. In Edinburgh, Paul has secured a prestigious slot on George Street and will have large advertising hoardings publicising his gigs ahead of his arrival.

As well as the performances and song writing workshops, Paul is hoping the tour will reach out to an audience beyond those who see him in the flesh. “The Arts Council has given me funding to do some recording of the trip. I’m going to do a blog on my website and include some sounds from the journey and bits of video. During the recording I’ll be keeping a daily diary which I may turn into a radio travel documentary and that will hopefully form the basis of a book as well. I’ve found out that there’s a massive book fair at the end of George Street when I’m there, so during the day time I’ll be up there with some information about the journey, so I can approach some publishers with a view to getting a book out.”

Paul confirmed that he draws his ideas from his rural existence “I am inspired by nature a lot. I live out in the sticks, that’s what I like to write about. It’s an almost spiritual thing in a way. Music to me is about my  exploration of myself and my surroundings. “

Paul feels strongly that being creative alone isn’t enough; any budding artist must be prepared to work hard at promoting themselves and loosen the shackles of normality when thinking about how best to take their craft to the widest possible slice of the population. “You get a lot of musicians who think that they are owed something by people just because they’ve written a song. Really, they are not. They’ve got to get out there and create something yourself; a reason for someone to come to you. You’ve got to do your own thing to try and make something special happen”      

The singer himself admits that part of the interest in his tour has come from people who have questioned whether he will see his plans come to fruition. The director of a dairy who had attempted to generate some publicity by organising a milk float road trip said it would be “A bloody miracle” if Paul made it round.

Paul is both determined and a realist, as he admits there will probably be a few ‘down’ moments on the trip. “You’ve just got to keep going, you just never know what’s around the corner. Mind you, in the milk float I probably will, as I’ll be going so slowly I’ll see everything!”   

For more details about Paul please visit his website at



Last modified on Wednesday, 02 January 2019 19:16

Visit the following businesses

The Maids Head Hotel
The AA 4 Star silver Maids Head Hotel is renowned for being the oldest Hotel in the UK.  The site has been providing hospitality since the early 12th century. With its long history of famous guests, including Edward the Black Prince, Catherine ...
Chris Crowther Author and Writer
Chris Crowther spent 42 years of his working life flying aeroplanes and helicopters in various parts of the world, mainly West Africa as Chief Pilot of a helicopter operation, and where his first books were written. After hanging up his flying ...
Energise Pentney Fitness and Spa
We’re an independent Health Club and Spa set in picturesque Pentney, in rural West Norfolk. We offer monthly membership packages, one-off use, and spa day packages, including use of our fully equipped gym, indoor swimming pool, spa (including sauna ...
Cole's of King's Lynn
With over 30 years of experience supplying the catering trade with our fresh fish and seafood, we have an established network of reputable suppliers giving us the opportunity to fulfil all orders and source the "hard to find" product's. We pride ...
Lantern Financial Planning
Based in Norwich, Lantern Financial Planning offers a full financial planning service to both individuals and corporate clients to enable you to feel confident about your future. Our aim is simple:- To provide our clients with the highest quality ...
Georgina House Day Care Clubs
Georgina House Day Care Clubs ‘We believe in nurturing the mind, body and spirit for all those 60yrs and over, with or without disabilities taking steps to a long, happy life.  Our meaningful activities stimulate physical, mental and social ...
benefits banner

Related items

  • Interview with Steve Cropper

    I don’t think it would be too large an embellishment of the facts to state that almost everyone reading this article will either recognise Steve Cropper, be well-acquainted with his prodigious musical output, or more than likely be familiar with both the man and his work.

    Steve Cropper was born in rural Missouri and moved with his family to Memphis as a child. At school, he formed a band called the Royal Spades with friend Charlie Freeman, which evolved into the Mar-Keys and had their first hit single in 1961. From there, he went on to become an integral part of the creative team at Stax Records, including being co-writer of soul classics such as ‘Dock Of The Bay’, ‘In The Midnight Hour’ and ‘Knock On Wood’.

    Cropper later found further fame as a member of the Blues Brothers band. He is also a studio owner and continues to tour. Allthingsnorfolk tracked him down in Russia and asked a few questions about his career ahead of a visit to the UK.  

  • Interview with Jeremy Cunningham of The Levellers

    Since their formation in 1988, The Levellers have pumped out a constant stream of albums, singles and live performances. They have their own festival, Beautiful Days, which they boast has no sponsorship, no branding and does not advertise and yet manages to sell out.

    For 26 years they have stridently given voice to their worldview wrapped up in a series of melodies you could easily find yourself singing on the way to work. They’ve decided to take stock of their back catalogue and are releasing a greatest hits album which they are promoting with a tour in November. I caught up with bassist/lyricist/artist Jeremy Cunningham to find out a bit more about the band’s current activity. 

  • Pauline Black Interview

    The Selecter formed in 1979 and soon after, started recording their seminal debut 'Too Much Pressure'. In the years since, they have put out a number of critically-acclaimed albums and have continued to adhere to the principles which gave them their kick start. I spoke to influential front woman Pauline Black ahead of a tour which celebrates the 35th anniversary of 'Too Much Pressure' which includes OPEN Norwich on Friday 4th April. 


  • Lisa Redford

    Lisa Redford is widely proclaimed as one of the nation's finest singer/songwriters. Her three albums to date, 'Slipstream', 'Lost Again' and 'Clouds With Silver', as well as her live album recorded at Norwich Arts Centre,  have seen her evolve from her Norfolk upbringing to mixing it with some of New York's most respected musicians. Lisa has a new EP, 'Reminders' for sale and is playing a special homecoming show at The Bicycle Shop on St Benedict's Street. Allthingsnorfolk caught up with her over a coffee at the aforementioned venue a few days ahead of the gig to discuss her latest release and delve into the origins of her music.

  • Mila Falls

    Mila Falls started writing songs at the age of 12 and hasn't stopped since!

    Mila used to be a pupil of the Hewett School in Norwich, has a degree in music production, ran a music venue for 2 years, acted as a live sound engineer for touring acts and produced music for a play. Oh and I nearly forgot to mention Mila supported Ringo Starr a few months ago, has worked as a session singer, is currently working on her debut album which will be out later this year and has flirted with a couple of well- known TV shows. Oh yes, our Mila is a bit of a smarty pants. Make yourself comfortable, fasten your seatbelts and join me on a journey through the wonderful world of Mila Falls. 


© All Things Norfolk 2008 - 2020
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Air ambulance @eastangliairamb call on Norfolk to help them run 2,000 miles next month