Live music: Paul Armfield

Paul Armfield EMN-150914-215037001

Paul Armfield EMN-150914-215037001

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Revered singer-songwriter Paul Armfield is coming to the Room Upstairs in Lincoln on one of only four dates on his first UK tour.

Despite a ten year career of sell out shows across Europe, an impressive list of celebrity fans and five critically acclaimed albums, Paul Armfield remains a relative unknown in his own country.

However with the release of his last album ‘Up Here’ Paul started to pick up more attention on home turf with Lauren Laverne at 6 Music being a particularly ardent supporter describing his music as ‘Gorgeous, beautiful, positive and amazing!’

Her recommendation inspired Caitlin Moran to tweet her gratitude declaring his voice to be ‘As toasty and lovely as Christmas morning’.

Paul’s literate and well crafted songs have also been championed by such song-writing heavyweights as Chris Difford from Squeeze: ‘A very special songwriter’ and Guy Garvey of Elbow: ‘Spellbinding… beautiful.’

Paul’s new album ‘Found’ is a suite of songs inspired by a stunning collection of photographs found in the flea-markets of Berlin and is due out later in the autumn.

On this four date solo tour of intimate venues, Paul will be previewing songs from his new album in advance of a more extensive tour in October.

Paul was particularly keen to come to Lincolnshire, it being the birthplace of Tennyson as his third album consists of interpretations of the former poet laureate’s lyrics.

“I set a dozen Tennyson poems to music and performed them at his former home Farringford on the Isle of Wight as part of the bicentenary celebrations,” he said.

“For my rendition of Charge of the Light Brigade I got to sing alongside the poet himself thanks to some very early wax recordings made by Edison.’

This show, on Wednesday September 23 at 8pm, is a must for anyone who loves warm, intimate performances of literate and soulful songs.

Tickets are £7.50 and are available online from www.lincolndrillhall.com or from the Box Office on 01522 873894.