Paul Spencer writes quirky comic political folk songs to entertain the activist in you or re-energise the jaded cynic (and sometimes to indulge the cynic, for a bit of fun). Using some folk tunes and some original tunes, Paul’s songs come from the human experience of the social change movement and of living in a world that’s so beautiful, so alarming and so inspiring all at the same time.
Paul was brought up in the folk scene and has the folk tradition as his musical background, so re-using old tunes and parodying anything and everything is nothing unusual for him. He also composes original tunes to get just the right musical expression for his lyrics. He lists his early songwriting influences as Judy Small, John Dengate, Eric Bogle and Bernard Bolan, and he later looked to Leon Rosselson, Martin Pearson and Phil Ochs for benchmarks to aspire to.
Paul started writing songs in 1995 and has had bursts of songwriting proliferation in the years since then. A number of his songs have been adopted by Sydney choirs Ecopella and Solidarity Choir, as well as other trade union choirs in Australia and the UK. Paul has performed alongside other radical singers including Penelope Swales, Dana Lyons, David Rovics and Charlie Mgee.
In 2011 and 2012, Paul was involved in organising the Songs for Social Justice weekends, held in Sydney, where radical singers and songlovers gathered to share songs of struggle and change.
Paul is based in Newcastle, NSW, where he is studying Public Relations in order to better contribute to the communication efforts of the movement for radical change.
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