About: Paddy Milner
“The best blues piano player in Europe…” Blues Access, USA
“10/10…something out of the ordinary to celebrate! Every song is a standout track.”
Blues In Britain, on ‘The Curious Case of Paddy Milner’
“Impressive & original” The Times
“Dazzling” The Independent
“Milner represents a new direction in blues and jazz” Blues Free Press
“I love it…there’s a guy who can really play the piano” Dave Brubeck
“I highly recommend it. Somehow things start to feel much better!” Jack Bruce
“Like James Booker on acid” Jon Cleary
Paddy Milner is not only recognised as one of the leading blues piano players in the world (just read the praise from the likes of Jack Bruce, Dave Brubeck and Jon Cleary), but also as a superb original songwriter and distinctive singer. His current group LONDONOLA plays homegrown British music with a strong dose of New Orleans spirit, and his new collaborative group JAWBONE will see it’s eagerly anticipated debut album released in 2015. He has won the award for BEST KEYBOARD PLAYER in the British Blues Awards.
Milner began his career playing in Dorset pubs in his early teens. At the age of 13 Milner performed an original boogie composition in a local music competition, impressing a judge – Pretenders/Paul McCartney guitarist Robbie McIntosh. McIntosh became a great mentor and bought Milner his first Little Feat album, a defining moment. Continuing to absorb blues & boogie, which will always remain a fundamental part of his music, Milner also explored jazz, classical music and played in his father’s folk band. Later on, he was to learn from the masters including duetting with the legendary Jonnie Johnson and learning from Jon Cleary in New Orleans. Milner remembers his father introducing him to the music of the likes of Jack Bruce, with whom Milner regularly toured with until Bruce’s death in 2014.
Milner burst onto the scene in his own right at aged 19 with his debut album ‘21st Century Boogie’. The album garnered international accolades within the blues world and beyond, with The Times calling it ‘Impressive & original’. Paul Jones quickly became a champion of Milner and a live session on Jones’s BBC Radio 2 show helped to earn him a nomination for a Sony Radio Award. Milner’s next album, Walking On Eggshells achieved No.1 in the official French Jazz/Blues charts and a high level of airplay and exposure throughout Europe. The album was co-written with iconic Cream lyricist Pete Brown and subsequently signed by industry mogul Gerry Bron to Bronze Records. Dave Brubeck himself became a fan of Milner’s arrangement of Brubeck’s ‘Unsquare Dance’.ilner’s third album, ‘Based On A True Story’, was also very well received and took Paddy around the UK, Europe, Turkey and to the U.S. to perform on the prestigious ‘Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise’ alongside the most revered legends of the blues world. Milner was invited to record his fourth album ‘The Curious Case of Paddy Milner’ in Paris by Ray Charles’ musical director Jean-Michel Bernard after he heard Milner’s music on French radio. The album delves deeper into a roots driven sound and shows his love of the blues combined with a whole hearted embrace of popular song. It is as much inspired by Brian Wilson’s melodic pop symphonies as it is traditional blues.
Milner and his band ‘The Big Sounds’ collaborated extensively with top U.S. blues/soul singer Earl Thomas on a busy international tour schedule, producing
the excellent self-titled album ‘Earl Thomas with Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds’ along the way. Milner has performed with the likes of Jack Bruce, David Gilmour, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison, Phil Manzanera, Joss Stone, McFly, Boy George, Steve Lukather as well as the cream of the international blues scene. He is a co-founder of The Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion which enjoys a monthly residency at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Club in London. Along with Marcus Bonfanti, he is co-founder of JAWBONE, who will be releasing their debut album in 2015.