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Paul McClure from Oakham in Rutland has made his Glastonbury Festival this week performing along with the likes of Kylie, Stormzy and The Killers

A musician from Oakham has made his Glastonbury debut this week.

Paul McClure, an Americana/Folk singer who performs using the name Rutland Troubadour, performed last night (June 26) and tomorrow (June 28) morning in the Avalon Cafe to launch his fifth album, Market Town.

The 47 year-old, said: “I can’t wait - it’s my first time I’ve performed or visited Glastonbury.

Paul McClure(13062836)
Paul McClure(13062836)

“I’ve always said I would only go if I was playing and I am.

“I did the Cambridge Folk Festival last year and I’m slowly ticking off my bucket list, one by one.

“I was performing at a festival in Somerset last summer and one of the ladies who programmes the stages at Glastonbury invited me to come along.

“My advice to any musician trying to to make it on Youtube or wherever, is to get out on the stage and perform.

“When you do that, anything is possible.

“A lot of my opportunities have come from doing that and it could take you anywhere.”

Paul, who has two daughters and performs all over Britain and Europe, has always been around music from a young age and was a former music specialist who travelled around schools in the area to teach.

“People know that I’m from Rutland but there’s nowhere for me to perform in Rutland but I do lots of private performances in the county,” he added.

“About 10 years ago, I was performing on stage in London and the promoter introduced me as ‘The Rutland Troubador’ and it’s stuck ever since.”

The album Market Town is based on Paul’s experiences on living in Oakham and the songs tell stories of love, loss, life and death.

It was released on June 21.

Visit www.paulmccluremusic.com.

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