Our next guest night is Wednesday 18 May when Paul Downes is coming to entertain us. His sensitive yet fun approach to performance puts him among the most respected acoustic guitarists with a dazzling array of styles, but he prefers to be known as a singer. His best friend at school was Steve Knightley and at 16 they met Phil Beer. After a few years they went touring as Downes and Beer, then as a trio with Bill Zorn in Arizona Smoke Revue.
When Show of Hands became successful Paul resumed a solo career, with spells as a session musician then playing the music for Mick Ryan’s folk operas and in a duo with the late Maggie Boyle. He is currently also performing with Mick Ryan as part of the group ‘Crows’.