ANOTHER SIDE OF PAUL UBANA JONES
(Special arrangements of songs from Bob Dylan, and Donovan and originals)
A national treasure; Paul Ubana Jones is so much more than one man with a guitar.He is a conjuror of unique and original songs, rooted in primal Blues and Soul.
Born in England, Jones moved around Europe in his early days, his first professional gig coming in the mid-1970s when he joined Delroy Williams Soul Explosion on a six-month residency at a newly-built nightclub in Athens, Greece.
The 65-year-old has had a guitar slung over his shoulder since he was 11 and shared the stage with B.B. King, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal and Keb Mo,Ladysmith Black Mambazo and opened for Bob Dylan in Vietnam. He has lived and performed in countries all across the world.He has played major festivals in Canada, USA, Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia. Winner of 3 New Zealand Music / Tui awards and with 9 CDs released,
Paul simply says: “The passion to tour, play and write still remains as strong a ever”
Often described as an acoustic Jimi Hendrix, Jones mixes black American music, blues and English folk. He cites Bob Dylan as a major influence on his sound.
"For musicians, it takes quite a bit of courage to get up on that stage and sing something very personal, maybe something that got you messed up in a relationship, or some other thing that didn't work out, and you're willing to share that with people," Jones said.
After seven albums and more New Zealand tours than most travelling artists, Jones looks at the music industry from a place of profundity.
"If I had been born a New Zealander . . . I think my status would have been more of a 'success story', you know. That was a bit funny for me to live with in earlier years, but now I feel totally happy with it. I see myself in the scheme of things better.