Spotlight on Paul Lethbridge

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with Janne GuitarGirl

Originally from Taranaki, Paul Lethbridge began playing guitar at 19 and performed at the Kontiki Folk Club in Hamilton. Two years later he purchased a banjo, having developed a keen interest in bluegrass.

Becoming busy with his career, marriage and children, the guitar and banjo were stored away.

Paul learnt a finger-pick guitar style, and considers himself fortunate to have had some tuition from Peter Yarrow of 'Peter Paul & Mary' and Bruce Woodley of 'The Seekers'. He remembers a time when he played at the 'Blue Note' in Cairns. He had started to play Ralph McTell's song 'Streets of London' when a musician joined him on stage, telling Paul he had backed Ralph on bass for that very song, and he proceeded to accompany Paul as he performed the song to a delighted audience.

Paul also remembers performing a song by 'The Seekers' at another concert, and Bruce Woodley recognised his own song and also joined Paul on stage for the performance.

Paul has played at many concerts around New Zealand at venues such as 'The Bunker' and the 'Poles Apart Folk Club' in Auckland. He’s also performed guest spots in Christchurch and Dunedin, and after winning a competition on a cruise boat, Paul was offered a slot to entertain for the duration of the cruise.

He has performed many times at folk festivals around the country, including performing alongside the late Phil Garland, who was well-known in folk music circles.

I met Paul and his lovely wife Maggie through association with the Tauranga Acoustic Music Club.

We have performed many gigs together as 'Tanglewood' over the last six years.

Paul has a wonderful singing voice, and is a talented musician. He will be performing at a Katikati Folk Club concert held at the Bowling Club venue at 8 Park Road, Katikati, on Friday, November 10 at 7.30pm as the opening act for singer-songwriter Rachel Dawick.

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