THe Man himself

 
PAUL RUSZEL

Paul grew up in the music rich world of Toronto. By fifteen he was already writing songs: performing solo and with his brother in a countrified-folk duo. By twenty, he was singing and playing in T.O. pop band Blonde. After a brief stint in the Tar Sands, he went to Trent University, graduated with a BSc., hit the road and in 1975, settled in the Cowichan Valley.
 
 Paul is an accomplished singer-songwriter with hundreds of songs under his belt: acoustic blues, sea shanties, folk, bluegrass and gospel. He embraces the old-time storytelling tradition where his songs are as much poetry as they are music. Paul is a mainstay of The Islands Folk Festival, as a performer and MC extraordinaire, for the last 32 years.

 Over the years, Paul has opened for such great Canadian folk icons as Willie P. Bennett, Stephen Fearing, Ian Tamblyn and Ken Hamm. He is also a founding member of The Original Seadog and Jane’s Way Celtic Band. He is currently
playing with The Celtic-Folk trio King Tide with Andy and Rayne Cooper. He is alsobusy exploring the guitar more with the incredibly versatile Eric Desaulniers in Rogue Wave, a largely instrumental duo. 
 In 2011, Paul decided to pursue music as his retirement plan.Since then he has won the Diversity Caravan Song Contest, the Duncan Centennial Song Contest three time finalist in The Islands Folkfest Song Contest andGrand Winner of that same contest in 2014. His song Little by Little is a popular fundraising tune for the What If? Foundation, a non-profit that feeds thousands in Haiti everyday. He is the recent recipient of a Cowichan Valley Arts Council grant to write a song for their Why I Love Canada Project. Paul was commissioned to write a memorial song for Tyeshia Jones, the young teen senselessly murdered in Duncan. He has also written a song featured in the Joseph Mair’s Labour Memorial. Both these songs can be heard on U-Tube and in my music section. Paul has penned the song "If I Could Be Albertine" for the play Albertine In Five Times by Michel Tremblay.

 Although his CD “Love This Town” was originally released in August of 2012, Paul has since re-recorded the entire album. He believes it more truly represents what his live shows are all about. This re-release features Bryon Thompson on dobro, mandolin and vocals and Tom Horsfall on bass and vocals. These are the two musicians who make the live show so incredible and who inspired me to do the re-recording. Cameo appearances by Tad Ruszel on mandolin and guitar and Chris Herbst on dobro. He is currently working on the re-release of an earlier CD "Picture A Change". This should be out by tis summer at the latest.


“Listening to Paul play is a roller coaster ride from the head to the heart.” David Polster: Heritage House Concerts

His songs will touch your heart, make you laugh, 
and make you cry.