Paul Howard

Worker in Song

Paul Howard's first gig was on his sixteenth birthday in 1982 as bassist with MI5. He later played bass with Dark Horse and This Happy Breed.

At the age of 19 Paul began singing.

As well as playing solo, Paul formed a long-lasting musical partnership with guitarist Jo Clack. He also formed a band called The Tender Trap.

Paul’s first foray into a studio vocal booth was to sing a song he wrote called We Will Win which ended up on the album Not Just Mandela. He released several recordings with Jo, as well as a solo album called Wings - and was invited by Tanita Tikaram onto her first U.K. tour.

The Tender Trap were signed-up and released three singles. They received enthusiastic press coverage and radio play. They recorded an album called The Patron Saint of Heartache before splitting in the early ‘90s.

Paul drifted into bar-band work with acts like Darktown and The Goodfellas as well as joining The Liberty Cage - an offshoot of The Men They Couldn’t Hang.

In 2001 Paul formed the band Gaffer Hexam who produced an EP with writer Iain Sinclair. They also contributed two songs to the album This Is Punk Rock Blues and toured with Seasick Steve. Paul also recorded a solo album called In the Shadow of Christchurch.

Paul and Jo reunited and made the albums Blake Songs and Time Gentlemen. Paul and Jo continue to play live, either as a duo or with a full band.

With the assistance of Tony Roche, Paul has put together a compilation of some of the music he’s been involved in making over the past 30 years.

David Hepworth once asked fellow writer and broadcaster Steve Lamacq who he considered to be the greatest act who had never received their due recognition. He began his reply:

“There was a guy called Paul Howard...” 

Seasick Steve has called him: “My brother Paul with the vocal cords of soul!” Oscar-winning lyricist Don Black described Paul’s songs as containing: "Fresh lyrical observations and fine storytelling". Paul has been writing, recording, and performing those songs for over thirty years - and it’s too late to stop him now!

Paul has been writing songs during lockdown... which he hopes to record sometime soon.