Paul Francis Electric/Upright Bass player Backing Vocalist

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Paul Francis is an Electric/Upright Bass player Composer and backing vocalist from Camden Town North London. Now residing in Dorset. he has worked with

Paul Weller Midge Ure London Beat,The James Taylor Quartet Ian Hunter,Steve Hillage, Maggie Bell & Chris Farlowe Paul Gilbert,Producers Braund Reynolds,Ashley Slater, Carl Verhayen, Mike Mangini & Virgil Donato, Antonio Sanchez Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra to name a few.

TV appearances have included Top of the Pops & various others around the Globe. He is currently recording the 2nd CD for his fusion band Capricorn 1 and has now finished the Story of Guitar Heroes show in the January (2017) 

Paul continues working as a dep and Band Leader, playing live and recording .His projects include Zoe Schartz and Blues Commotion, James Litherland,Jane Reeves and The Archway Choirs,The Jazz Cafe Sunday Lunchtime sessions,The Blues Associates & The Capricorn 1 fusion Band.


Is looking good for Paul, his new acoustic fusion project Acousticaphillia is now taking shape and the completion of The Capricorn 1 cd is now in sight. There will also be theatre shows coming up with Local Guitar legend Bob Shearn and The Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra, as well as The Average Blues Band ,The Rhinestone Dolly project which is a great tribute to Country & Blue grass music, TBA His Blues Rock Soul project has been doing a series of radio interviews covering the bands history. and both Susie KImber's "Jazz divas show" and  The Vic Naylor Group (a Tribute to the music of  Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock circa 1975-79 will be a appearing at The Swanage Jazz festival this year, As always he continues to pick up gigs around the Dorset Jazz,Blues,Rock scene and elsewhere.

Paul continues to teach privately having previously Taught @ Bimm, Acm The International Guitar Festival and Southampton Solent University ACMR and more recently Bryanston Music Dept

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What industry professionals have said about  (Paul Francis Electric Upright Bassist and Teacher) 


Phil Hilborne WM Studios/Phil Hilborne Band
May 20, 2011, Paul worked with Phil in the same group

“ Paul is a great player and a masterful motivator of students - He is an asset to anyone he works for - a total professional! “

Phil Hilborne 


Mike Hobart Jazz Critic at freelance
May 20, 2011, Mike worked with Paul but at different companies

“Paul was the reliable and super-funky bass player of choice for a string of bands I played sax with, and for recording sessions. Energetic and brimful of ideas.”

Guy Richman Professional Musician & Drummer
May 20, 2011, Paul worked with Guy in the same group

“Paul is a great guy & equally a great player with at least 30 years experience in the field. His knowledge will be of benefit to anyone who enrolls in the camp....This is an opportunity not to be missed, Good Luck x ‘


Ian Edwards Founder at Guitar Breaks
August 1, 2012, Ian worked with Paul in different groups

“ Paul has buckets of in-built groove and funk, which sit comfortably alongside his vast experience and knowledge. A great communicator who can make you feel at ease while learning, Paul is ideally placed to support, inform and inspire “

Milton Mermikides Composer, guitarist, producer, writer, lecturer.

August 24, 2011, Paul worked with Milton in the same group

“Paul is an excellent bassist and a pleasure to work with.”        

 Alun Harries Music Professional
July 19, 2011, Alun worked with Paul in different groups

“I would like to recommend my great friend Mr Paul Francis, as a great Professional Bass Player, Arranger, Teacher, Clinician, and all round good guy. 

We have worked on so many numerous projects together as a Rhythm Section, and as always Paul delivers, whether it be in the studio or live.

I would be more than ready to recommend him for all your projects, Alun Harries.July 2011.”

Dave Marks Multi-instrumentalist, musician & composer
May 22, 2011, Dave worked with Paul in different groups

“Paul and I have worked together at the IGF, delivering high quality music education to students of all levels and Paul was always held in very high regard by students and staff alike.

I have no doubt that the Croatia bass camp will be a great experience for all involved! “

Pascal Consoli Professional Drummer Music Adventurer
May 21, 2011, Paul worked with Pascal in the same group

“Paul is tons of fun, we laughed for a week non stop on tour. He plays great bass guitar too .. anyone who's played with legendary Steve Hillage is a legend, end of.”

jason sidwell senior tuition editor at Future Publishing
May 20, 2011, jason worked with Paul in different groups

Paul is a fantastic musician and a sympathetic tutor. Having worked closely with him for five years on the Groove Academy course at Bath's renowned International Guitar Festival, he knows what the bass can (and should) do and has an exhaustive knowledge of repertoire right across the genres. At heart, he's a monster jazz groove maestro with a marvelous sense of humour!

Jason Sidwell (BA Hons, MA, ALCM)

senior music editor for Guitar Techniques, Guitarist, Total Guitar magazines 


neville marten Editor of Guitar Techniques at Future Publishing
May 20, 2011, neville worked with Paul in different groups

Paul Francis is that rare combination - a fantastic player and an inspirational teacher. Having watched him at work in both environments I can heartily endorse him as a musician, teacher, colleague and friend. 

Kenny Charles


February 19, 2013, Paul worked with Kenny in the same group


Paul is a No 1 Guy. Good ear and very skill full Bass player. Very       

friendly and experienced in Live performances and studio  recordings. It has been a pleasure on tour working together with you ..Thank you Paul .


Projects & Releases

Paul Weller Live at The BBC

Ian Hunter Retro-spective Stranded in Reality

Jimmy Litherland has worked with The Greats from Van Morrison to Colluseum

Steve Hillage Band Retrospective Searching for the spark out now 

This group tributes the early seventies sounds of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Expect improvised electric fusion from a unique lineup of distinct voices.

Jon Lloyd- saxes
Rob Palmer- guitar
Jim Lovell- guitar
Pail Francis - bass
Neil Evans drums

For more info Please contact us 

Paul Francis 07956424321  ‭

Jon Lloyd 07960 002334‬ cr email

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For those that don't know Capricorn 1, we are an instrumental band playing original tunes that mix the influences we love. The Music spans many genres including Rock funk and world music..... 

" I feel we've written compositions that combine both cerebral and emotional content to create a unique fusion of sonic beauty "

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them, very very nice indeed” - Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC Radio 2

“Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude” - Pete Feenstra - Get Ready To Rock, Feb 2017

“When it comes to sexy and sassy Zoe hits it out of the park” - Andy Sniper, Intl music news, April 2017

Here you will be able to find information about The Blues Associates including our music videos, various testimonials over the years, and our availability (through the band calendar), our set list and various band line ups including 2,3,4 or 5 piece bands.

Paul Francis Band Mix