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Paul Gibson
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Paul Gibson

Email Newcastle

Paul Gibson is married to Ruth, a language tutor and they have 2 sons, he is also a govenor of a local primary school
Paul is a classically trained piano player who developed a sideline in boogie-woogie and rock and roll at the tender age of 9, courtesy of a bit of tuition from a mate of his dads!  Now smitten, he would have to admit to spending more time playing Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles ditties than Bach and Bartok. ‘’ I was probably subconsciously trying to become Jools Holland before he was!!
A teenage fanaticism with rock music inevitably lead to him taking up bedroom guitar playing   which continued for many a year ! Having studied Textiles and worked in sales and development in that industry, as well in Business Support and community finance, Paul continued to develop his guitar playing skills through various community music projects incorporating jazz and popular music, which in turn led to playing guitar and keyboards in local rock covers band The Parish which he has done for the last ten years. The Parish (formerly The Pagers) were originally an RNLI fund raising band but now have a fairly busy schedule playing all manner of functions and venues for all ages covering  anything from Chuck Berry to The Kings of Leon. Paul’s favourite rock and blues players are Carlos Santana, EC and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as Pat Metheney, Jeff Beck and Martin Taylor on the jazzier side.  
During this time he has also given private guitar tuition to children from beginners and this has been the catalyst for setting up the Rock  Project in Newcastle. “”Every week I enquired of two of my now very competent students as to whether they have managed to put a band together at school and always got a negative answer. I firmly believe that the Rock Project method of bringing children and young people together into a learning and band situation at the same session is a fantastic way for them to really enjoy music making’’