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Paul Speare
I am a freelance musician, playing flute, alto flute and baritone sax, as well as tenor and alto saxes. I also compose, and produce recordings for other composers.
I have recorded and played live with various bands in the last few years, including Stone Foundation on their albums Everybody, Anyone (2018), Live Rituals (2017), and Street Rituals (2017) which was produced by Paul Weller. The track Your Balloon Is Rising - on which Weller sings the lead vocal - features 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 the 1990's 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 the infamous Birmingham band 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.  I was particularly proud to play on the influential protest song Nelson Mandela (1984) by The Special AKA.
 
For a few 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
Musician / Composer / Music Producer
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Here are some examples of my compositions and productions:
 
Race To the Sun (2019)
A Sea Of Green (2019)
two of my favourite tracks by the
Dave Ingham Group which I produced
 
Whitstable Five (2015)
a composition for fusion octet 
alto sax - Tom Clarke
baritone sax - Paul Speare
 
Live Life Love Life (1998)
ft. Sister Audrey
a rare departure into songwriting! 
 
Basso Nonsensico (2018)
a bit of fun with a newly-acquired
bass clarinet
 
I currently play in a contemporary jazz octet, which I also write for, and as time allows am working on a solo project which has influences from electronic, jazz and classical music.
I produced the album A Sea Of Green (2019) by The Dave Ingham Group and am currently producing an album by a new composer which will feature choir, strings, brass, woodwind and rhythm section, in addition to samples, release likely in 2020.