Customers at Caffé Nero were in for a treat today as musician Paul Bell performed some of his music at the Riverside, Oracle store.
A singer since the tender age of 8, Paul Bell agrees that the simple connection of putting his daily thoughts to music is what works. “I write what I write – which tends to be what I’m thinking about.” He goes on to say “Sometimes if you come up with a metaphor, you can unpack that instead and use it in so many different ways.”
For several months, Caffé Nero have been playing music in their stores from partnered artists. During March, Paul is touring various branches of the popular high street coffee-chain the length and breadth of the UK to showcase his talent and promote his new album, the 4th in his career, entitled “Small Town Boy”. The title of the album is taken from a lyric line from one of his previous tracks “California” which he sang to open his set.
Explaining how he became involved with Caffé Nero’s “Music and Arts” Community, Paul states “It was simple, really. I just sent in a CD of my music and they (Caffé Nero) liked it. They invited me to a meeting and I played for them and it went from there.”
Tracks such as “No Love Lost” and “Human Conditions” provide an insightful glimpse into his everyday observations and musings about life and love in general. Set to a backdrop of warm and mellow acoustic guitar, Bell’s lyrics just enfold you in a cosy melody – a perfect accompaniment to your afternoon coffee. In contrast, the quirky “Being 4” recalls life as a four-year-old; full of naïveté and innocence before moving onto the downright hilarious “The Need for Biscuits” from his back-catalogue of songs. The biscuit barrel was far from empty this afternoon as amongst other songs in the set, a cracking rendition of “What I call romance” went down a treat with the coffee clan seated inside the store.
A Christian, he came to faith at the age of “6 or 7”, he says, and attends a charismatic church in the Nottinghamshire area where he now lives with his wife and family. Paul has a busy schedule of music gigs at several Christian events around the country this year, including Spring Harvest which kicks off in Minehead on 5 April. Avid followers of Paul’s music can also catch him in Wales at Word Alive which is in Prestatyn in the middle part of April, as well as the much wider-known New Wine Festival in Shepton Mallet, which starts at the end of July. Full details of Paul’s gig dates for 2014 can be found on his website, details of which are below.
Paul Bell’s Caffé Nero Tour continues in Bath and Bristol tomorrow (March 21, 2014) and then moves around the country as follows:
– Birmingham – 11:00am on March 22, 2014
– Stratford-Upon-Avon – 3:00pm on March 22, 2014
– Manchester – 11:00am on March 24, 2014
– Sheffield – 3:00pm on March 24, 2014
– Derby – 11:00am on March 24, 2014
– Nottingham – 2:00pm on March 25, 2014
– Epsom – 11:00am on March 31, 2014
– Twickenham – 3:00pm on March 31, 2014
– Piccadilly, London and BBC Broadcasting House, London – April 1, 2014
Caffé Nero has a partner programme aimed at promoting music and the arts in their stores. To find out more, visit Caffé Nero at www.caffenero.com/community/artsmusic.aspx or contact them on (020) 7520 5150.
To discover more about Paul Bell, visit www.paulbellmusic.com. To track Paul’s current Caffé Nero Tour and much more, follow Paul’s travels on Twitter @paulbellmusic or search for the hashtag #pbnerotour.
Pictures: Lynda Bowyer