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We've been busy at Homefire Studios again this month this time making a music video for the single 'All I Want to Be', which Paul wrote for his daughter. The song describes a father's love toward his children and features on the new album 'Ancient Roads'. Read on for more of our October news....

Ancient Roads album reviewed by Tony Cummings of Cross Rhythms Radio.

As I write this newsletter Paul is at Cross Rhythms Radio station being interviewed by Tony Cummings, a well respected music journalist who has interviewed legends such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Earth Wind & Fire. Read on to find out what he had to say about our debut album.... 

"For decades British Christian music has seen quality folk roots music inspired artists. In the '60s it was Parchment and Gordon Giltrap-era Graham Kendrick. In the '90s it was Eden Burning and the Pink Dandelions. And today a new band, led by singer, guitarist and songwriter Paul Mirfin from Knaresborough, have emerged onto the scene easily as good as those units of yesteryear. "Folk" is, of course, a very imprecise pigeonhole and there is a strong dose of country and a snatch of blues in PMB's sound. After being featured on Songs Of Praise in 2016 and getting radio exposure on both Christian and non-Christian radio, the band were ready for a bells and whistles launch and deliver magnificently with this dazzling debut. Paul's husky, emotive voice exhorts us to walk the walk on the title track - "Walk down ancient roads/The roads paved with gold" he sings over a kick drum dominated bluesy accompaniment which sounds like something Steve Earl might record if he ever got saved. Then there's "The Fighter" with its memorable Trinitarian lines, "Well, there's one of you/And there's three of me/Come on and fight." Or there's the delicate acoustic-driven "Trust In The Silence" which is as haunting an intimate worship song as you're likely to hear this year. Remember the name. You'll be hearing a lot more of these Yorkshire men's slant on American country porch music in the years ahead."

More from Cross Rhythms here

All I Want to Be - filmed by John Shepherd at Homefire studios with the Paul Mirfin Band with guests Nicola Forshaw (cello) and Francesca. 
Just a few days left to book your seat.....
In case you missed last year's sell out event, True North is a celebration of music, dance and visual art held at the historic Royal Hall in the spa town of Harrogate. The event brings together musicians, bands, choirs, dancers, authors, painters and poets from all over Yorkshire for a varied showcase of local talent. So whether you're a first time theatre goer or art conoisseur this evening of performance and exhibitions will inspire and uplift.
True North is an idea born out of a vision for the arts in the North of England by Paul Mirfin. The aim of the evening is to celebrate creativity with a fun, festival vibe, connecting people in a way that only music and art can! This will be the second year that the event runs with over 800 people attending in 2017. Entry is FREE so go to the ticket link below to book your place.
BOOK TRUE NORTH TICKETS HERE
Lynton Academy Dancers in dress rehearsal for True North.

This group of 13 year old friends have made a piece called 'First'. They told me it came about when they decided to put down their phones and choreography something that expressed what true friendship is about - playfulness, love and creativity!
The Samba Band at York St John has been running for nearly 12 years and is made up BA Hons Music students. Led by Josh Wright, this year  they are opening the first half at True North with a rousing rendition of Timbalada!
UPCOMING GIGS
18th October 7:0pm 
Christ Church, Stockbridge
A evening with The Paul Mirfin Band
Free entry - all welcome

Psalm 150: 4-6
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise Him with the lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with clashing cymbals
 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.



My prayer for you:

May you have eyes to see what could become, and the boldness, courage and willingness to pursue it. May your thinking be challenged and open to new ways, to reimagine and discover life to the full. May you be blessed with opportunities to collaborate and use your creative gifts to the full. 


Thank you
Paul

 

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