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Paul Metsers

Paul Metsers is a Dutch-born New Zealander who has made his name and home as a musician and singer-songwriter in the UK since 1980. He moved from New Zealand, where he had for several years become a significant artist in the local folk music scene, to England to coincide with the recording by Nic Jones of one of Paul’s songs, “Farewell to the Gold” on Nic’s classic “Penguin Eggs” album. Paul performs his songs with guitar, dulcimer and mando-cello. He loves the friendly, intimate and interactive atmosphere of the folk club and of the folk music scene in general.

Paul pursued a career as a performer in folk clubs, festivals and arts centres, playing exclusively self-penned songs, which have gained a reputation for strong melodies, striking lyrics and irresistible choruses. Many of his songs have been and still are covered and recorded by other professional performers in the folk music world.

Paul is among the many admirers of the song writing of Bob Dylan. Dylan himself paid Paul the great compliment of performing “Farewell to the Gold” at one of his concerts after finding the song on Nic Jones’ record.

During this early part of his UK career, Paul has recorded five LPs and published a songbook of over 50 of his songs. His performances and recording have received praise from a wide variety of music media. Colin Irwin, music writer for Melody Maker, described Paul as “ a songwriter of genuine depth and versatility”.

At the end of 1989, Paul decided to stop full-time touring in order to have more time to support his family. He and his partner, Pauline, have three children of whom the middle one, Joel is autistic and has learning difficulties. Paul and Pauline have set up a small, home-based business (Sagem Crafts) making and selling traditional wooden board games.

Since then, however, Paul has been more free to play and perform. He has also continued to write new songs and, apart from converting his five LPs to CD, is preparing a sixth CD of songs written over the years that never made it onto an album and a further CD of newer and previously unreleased material.

As he says “I can’t seem to stop myself writing a new song every once in a while and I would love them all to see the light of day and have my music “out there” where it can have a life of its own meeting up with whoever it will. I am always very flattered when fellow musicians want to sing or record my songs and hope this will continue to happen. This is what gives ongoing life to a songwriter’s creations and lets them travel freely on their own journey.”