A singer-songwriter from Rutland has been busy promoting his home county while touring his latest solo album.
Paul McClure, 42, from Oakham, released Smiling From The Floor Up earlier this year. The album is filled with stripped-down acoustic songs and Paul has just completed a two-month tour promoting it.
He is Rutland through-and-through and has even been introduced as “The Rutland Troubadour” while on stage in London venues.
Paul said: “This album is a collection of songs recorded without the trappings of a band or orchestra, lightly textured layers with occasional touches of colour here and there; a harmony here, a piano there, a sympathetic slide guitar draped across the shoulders of another.
“I didn’t want anything to dilute the effect of the song in its most honest, most vulnerable form. Nothing to hide behind or run from.”
The album, which was released on Clubhouse Records, was recorded and produced at Leicester’s Tiny Studios. The album features contributions from Alex and Hannah Elton- Wall of The Redlands Palomino Company and Joe Bennett of The Dreaming Spires.
Paul said: “I did have some specific moods I wanted to create, though that I didn’t feel I could do myself, and was lucky enough to have the perfect people on hand to add their artistry.
The album covers a range of lyrical themes on all aspects of life.
Paul said: “These songs didn’t write themselves, as they sometimes seem to do, but I did want them to speak for themselves. These songs are all very personal, there’s no fiction here, even if I occasionally had to hide the truth in a made up name or a fantasy - changing the names to protect the innocent in some cases, the guilty don’t deserve to be named in others.
“These stories are moments from my life and though it can seem hard to accept sometimes, I don’t regret a single one; at the very least I got a song out of it.”
For tour dates visit www.paulmccluremusic.com.