Paul Pasch is a performing singer/songwriter with roots in the Southern New England area. He has always been attracted to great storytelling and song writing, and his own song writing style has been influenced by folks like John Prine, Leonard Cohen, Mississippi John Hurt, Tom Waits, Rikki Lee Jones and Guy Clark.
Paul has performed for over thirty years in a variety of venues, from coffee houses to establishments of questionable repute. It was
while performing at the Brown University Big Mother Coffeehouse in 1974 that he met his (soon to be) wife Susan. Paul traveled around the country a bit after graduating from URI, and settled down for a while in Colorado, where he played some of his last public performances in 1979. That year Paul & Susan returned to Rhode Island, where the demands of raising a family kept Paul from the stage for several years. Since his return to performing, Paul became a member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) and has been performing throughout the Southern New England area. He has performed at Stone Soup Coffeehouse in Pawtucket, RI, The Coffee Depot in Warren RI, The Brooklyn Coffee and Teahouse, Borders Bookstore and AS220 in Providence, RI, Wickford Gourmet in Wickford, RI, and with fellow RISA members In The Round at The Towers in Narragansett, RI and The Courthouse Center For The Arts in Kingston, RI, and has performed annually at the Riversing on the Blackstone in Pawtucket, RI. Paul has also participated in Open Mics throughout Southern New England including The Vanilla Bean in Pomfret, CT, and Bentley’s Tavern in Scituate, RI, and has been a Feature performer at The Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River MA. Paul was a finalist in the Rick’s Music World Open Micathon in Fall River in 2005, and won second place in the 2008 Rhode Island Idol Contest!
Paul Pasch - Acoustic guitar, blues ukulele and vocals
Tornado Sky (2006)
Storytelling Skills Set Paul Pasch Apart
[+ Show ]
Folky: : Paul Pasch has the rare storytelling ability and wit to make you laugh, cry or just reexami...Folky: : Paul Pasch has the rare storytelling ability and wit to make you laugh, cry or just reexamine the path you’re on.It's hard to ignore the everincreasing common factor that many of the best new regional CD releases to cross my desk consist of artists who rank themselves among the members of RISA, The Rhode Island Songwriter's Association. Like a wellspring of raw talent flowing into the collective consciousness of fans of thought-invoking lyrics with beautiful instrumental accompaniment, RISA is a bastion of musical faculty and forte. A great example of such is Paul Pasch, a 30-year veteran of the New England singer-songwriter- performing grind, who remarkably after all this time finally released his debut project Tornado Sky.
More than simply yet another writer, Pasch is a gifted aesthete in the rare art of storytelling. Whether playful, wistful, or mournful, he demonstrates an ability to pull the listener into his given frame of mind by weaving the songs with an unaffected language that is clear and thus exceedingly effective. His voice (and frankly his appearance) resembles a latter-day Kenny Rogers (sans facelift & Botox injections). But that's pretty much where those similarities end. Paul Pasch has a sincerity in his songs that is only exceeded by his abundant life experience, which is discernibly evident to a track.
Recorded under the keen production eye of Jack Gauthier at the perennial favorite Lake West Studio, Tornado Sky is a man and his guitar, with minimal adornment.
Though Paul Pasch does receive a little help from his RISA friends Mary Ann Rossoni, Kevin Fallon and Jarrod Hartley, it is his own performance that makes this record an awfully personal testament. On several tracks Pasch is found singing of intense love, presumably to his wife of 30 years, Susan. One beautiful example is "Just Fall:” "Well it's been 30 years or so now since we met by chance that night - and I know I haven't always been some guiding shining light ... There's no greater thrill at all than to lose myself in you and just fall." Paul gives us insight to the father/son relationship from another emotional vestibule on "Angry Boy:" Late at night you're searching all around till you find him drunk and mean - You drag him out into the checkered cab, another fight you had to get in between ... All along the road to his grave time took the toll but you had to pay - No way now to ever save or get back those lost days.
Of course, no self-respecting songwriter worth his weight in gold would neglect including an overtly political and timely song. And on "I Could Be Wrong," Pasch has done just that: The politicians are running the country into the ground, it's plain to see - In a vote for Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum it's always Tweedle Dum of course. Pasch even shows a surprisingly playful side with the bawdy little ditty “Johnsonville Faire:” Wear that red lipstick, a spot of rouge on your cheek, and when you open up your mouth honey you don't have to speak - And you can ride the pony, going up & down - Slide up on the white one and I'll watch you going around.
Paul Pasch is an artisan who knows his way around a melody and the written word. It's little surprise that he was a finalist in last year's Rick's Music World's Open Mic contest and is a featured performer at New England's best songwriter showcases. If there is a correlation between experience and success, one can only anticipate great things to come for this thoughtful and talented creator.
My Set list is extensive, up to Three Hours of music, generally a mixture of Originals and Covers
The Day The Moon Fell Down (P. Pasch)
I Left Her Behind (P. Pasch)
The Sound of My Breaking Heart (P. Pasch)
Fish and Chips for 5,000 (P. Pasch)
Somewhere in the World (P. Pasch)
Tornado Sky(P. Pasch)
Just Fall (P. Pasch)
Memories of You (P. Pasch)
Wednesday Afternoon (P. Pasch)
Angry Boy (P. Pasch)
I Could Be Wrong (P. Pasch)
A Picture of You (P. Pasch)
Johnsonville Faire (P. Pasch)
Locksmith (Albert's Song) (P. Pasch)
Not Ready for Winter (P. Pasch)
Hurricane (P. Pasch)
If You Catch Me Stealing (Traditional)
Political Science (R. Newman)
If I Needed You (T. Van Zandt)
Angel From Montgomery (J. Prine)
Sweetheart Like You (B. Dylan)
Payday (J. Hurt)
Swinging on a Star (Burke/Van Heusen)
St. James Infirmary (Public Domain)
Reason to Believe (T. Hardin)
Desparados Waiting for a Train (G. Clark)
One Meatball (C. Russell)
There are no upcoming dates at this time.