Happy New Year!

2009, you say? Happy New Year to all of you who follow me in my wee online world and to celebrate I’ve re-themed the site with a new look and added a Media Page where you can see my debut video on You Tube. Please spread the word!

Hear my train a comin'

Hear my train a comin' - photo by Jem Garthwaite (www.jebaloo.com)

I always get really optimistic at New Year and I’ve got big plans for 2009 that have been brewing for a while (hopefully to be revealed soon). I have a great feeling about this year, not least about the launch of my debut album which I’ve been talking about for far too long. Last year I finally did something about it and have 10 days of recording in the bag. A lot of work still to be done and unfortunately my time seems to be always over-committed but steady progress is being made and I hope to update you soon!

Here are some of my highlights from 2008!

Memorable gigs in Glasgow’s Classic Grand, The Jazz Bar (Edinburgh), Hollow Heart Parlour, Peebles Eastgate Centre and Te Pooka

I was a featured artist at The Listening Room, voted best act of Fondoo and invited to play at the August and December best-of Fondoo events.

Opening the Acoustic Edinburgh festival, featured artist St Andrews Uni freshers week acoustic night, finalist for “Face Off” battle of the bands (acoustic genre).

I also had the pleasure of supporting Ten Stories High at their Voodoo Rooms single launch.

With Gecko 3

Gigs all over Scotland and in Newcastle, Brussels and Paris including the Brussels Jazz Festival, supporting Nizlopi, The Five Corners Quintet, Cibelle and Nell Bryden, launching 2009 at Departure Lounge Hogmanay Party.

I’ve been on TV twice with The Gospel Truth choir including performing the Scotland Children in Need single (We Have a Dream) which reached No.1 in the Scottish Singles Chart.

Along with Simon Kirby, I’ve organised and promoted another year of amazing music at Acoustic Edinburgh including a sell-out series of events at the Edinburgh Fringe.

I’ve also done session work on forthcoming studio albums for Andi Neate, The Douglas Kay Band, Vicky Gray and The Graeme Mearns Band.

I also cook.

I’m very honoured to have been invited to be featured artist at Edinburgh’s finest and longest-running Open-Mic night (Out of the Bedroom) on Jan 15th at the Canon’s Gait!

See you there & have an amazing 2009!

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  • ben

    Hi Paul,
    we met a while back at a gig in Edinburgh… just came across the Mentum cd of Gecko after i have moved away from scotland and remembered the last time I saw you guys was when you had just received your new cd, that was at the jazz bar (again a while back!!) but had to go before i could buy it from you guys!!
    So i just got it from scotloads only to realise after purchase that it was mp3 files!! so i’m a bit desappointed as i still prefer a little cd but now that i bought it once i was wondering if there was anything special with the cd (as booklet) and if there were any ways to buy it and get it sent to germany??
    oh well, maybe you can drop a wee line on my email address!!
    Apart from all that, all the best for the year to come and all your musical projects!!

  • Hey Ben – yeah we’ve been a bit slack about getting our online shop up and running but I’ll be sorting out Pay Pal for the actual CD’s (Mentum and Mo’ Mentum) over the next couple of weeks & drop you a line. I’m sure we can sort you out a discount since you bought the MP3s : )
    Also we’re planning to release our album in July followed by a European tour so we may be heading your direction!
    All the best,

  • rae

    yay paul gilbody 😀

    sheee..eeee….eeeee, she loves sushiii

    i was at fondoo in Dec and we all loved you 🙂


  • Aw thanks Rae : )
    Fondoo’s always a great night. I love playing the Eastgate.
    I’m hoping to get the video back of the whole gig so I can put it up on the site!