Paul Speare
I play flute and baritone sax, as well as tenor and alto saxes.I also compose, record and produce music at my home studio using ProTools.
As time allows I am working on a solo project which has influences from electronic, jazz and classical music.
Currently I am working with Stone Foundation and played flute, baritone sax and tenor sax on their 2017 album Street Rituals which was produced byPaul Weller. The track Your Balloon Is Rising - on which Weller sings the lead vocal - featured some of my flute work.
I have played on various tracks and appeared in videos coordinated by the London/Ramsgate artist Harry Pye. On one of these - Rio - I had the privilege of working with one of my past heroes Neil Innes, formerly of the Bonzo Dog Band. In 2010 I played one of my own compositions at Tate Modern as part of the presentation by Team Beswick and Pye.
I have recorded or played live with various other bands in the last few years, including Gloria Cycles, DC Fontana and some big bands. I arranged and recorded the brass section for KWS on their 1992 dance floor hits Rock Your Baby and Hold Back The Night (with The Trammps).
Formerly I was a member of Dexys Midnight Runners and played on the album Too-Rye-Ay (1982) as well as the singles from it: Come On Eileen, Jackie Wilson Said and The Celtic Soul Brothers. Later on I played on much of the Elvis Costello album Punch The Clock (1983) as one of the TKO Horns, and toured with him in the USA, Europe and the UK. I have worked as a session musician for various artists throughout my professional life.
For a number of years I worked in the further education sector as a lecturer and course leader in music, music technology and radio production at various colleges.
Paul Speare