Music
I learned piano through the last two years of primary school but didn’t like it much. Still it taught me how to read music and by the time I hit adolescence music in most forms and genres had become an obsession. It was an obsession shared by schoolfriends, and by my older brother. He led the way initially, introducing me to folk and jazz. We were quickly making music together, me doing what I could on the piano and the old harmonium we had at home, but I really wanted to play the violin. I was entranced by the melancholic sweetness of the Bach solo partitas and sonatas, but also the swagger and flamboyance of the likes of Dave Swarbrick and Stephane Grappelli. I had my chance when a friend gave me an old violin. After a few attempts I found I could begin to play it. I taught myself from there, drawing on what I already knew of music. For the next few years I played in school and college bands, but then got sidetracked by work and raising a family. I started playing again in 2011. At first I thought it would be fun to knock around in pubs (I still do) but because of my improvisational skills I soon found myself in demand across the vibrant local music scene, and things have become a little more serious. For the last two years or so I’ve been a member of Mozambican singer Maiuko’s band, playing a kind of Afro/Jazz, with Celtic overtones from me. Click the player below for a sample track from our EP Roots Harmonia  (set to be extended into a full album). 
I play guest spots with many friends around here, including David James Rumsey and Nina Clark. I’ve also launched another band, playing a mixture of jazz standards, Irish traditional songs played in an untraditional way, and original compositions. The plan is to gig a lot, record when we can, and generally make beautiful music. For upcoming gigs etc please check my Facebook musician’s page. https://www.facebook.com/paulbrasingtonmusic/
José, written and performed by Maiuko, from the EP Roots Harmonia.
I learned piano through the last two years of primary school but didn’t like it much. Still it taught me how to read music and by the time I hit adolescence music in most forms and genres had become an obsession. It was an obsession shared by schoolfriends, and by my older brother. He led the way initially, introducing me to folk and jazz. We were quickly making music together, me doing what I could on the piano and the old harmonium we had at home, but I really wanted to play the violin. I was entranced by the melancholic sweetness of the Bach solo partitas and sonatas, but also the swagger and flamboyance of the likes of Dave Swarbrick and Stephane Grappelli. I had my chance when a friend gave me an old violin. After a few attempts I found I could begin to play it. I taught myself from there, drawing on what I already knew of music. For the next few years I played in school and college bands, but then got sidetracked by work and raising a family. I started playing again in 2011. At first I thought it would be fun to knock around in pubs (I still do) but because of my improvisational skills I soon found myself in demand across the vibrant local music scene, and things have become a little more serious. For the last two years or so I’ve been a member of Mozambican singer Maiuko’s band, playing a kind of Afro/Jazz, with Celtic overtones from me. Click the player below for a sample track from our EP Roots Harmonia (set to be extended into a full album). 
I play guest spots with many friends around here, including David James Rumsey and Nina Clark. I’ve also launched another band, playing a mixture of jazz standards, Irish traditional songs played in an untraditional way, and original compositions. The plan is to gig a lot, record when we can, and generally make beautiful music. For upcoming gigs etc please check my Facebook musician’s page. https://www.facebook.com/paulbrasingtonmusic/
José, written and performed by Maiuko, from the EP Roots Harmonia.
Music