The Butcher is a folk opera...a ghost story told in songs.
Singer-songwriter and musical adventurer Paul Mosley shares the singing duties on this beautifully arranged and produced album with various guests taking on different roles: Jamie Lawson (whose eponymously titled album reached number 1 in 2015), Josienne Clarke (BBC Folk Awards Winner 2015), Esther Dee (ex Medieaval Baebe) and Carolyn Mark (Canadian singer songwriter, Juno nominee). The musicians, under the name The Red Meat Orchestra feature Paul's old band Moses, Bird Radio, musicians from Florence & The Machine, Feist, Benjamin Clementine and Patrick Wolf's bands. The album is quite some musical adventure itself and one that oozes quality throughout.
“He is one of the very few people we know who constantly produce excellent sweeping concept albums. His new album 'The Butcher', over two years in the making, is no exception. Part ghost story, part redemption tale, part love story......one epic folk opera!'”
- Laurel Canyon Music
“It’s an expansive work of two distinct parts, each of ten tracks, a composition of sweep and presence that compels you to take part ... and you certainly should.”
- Folk Words
“It will take you a while to thread your way through the story, even with Paul’s explanatory notes, but the music is rich enough to carry you through the bits you don’t quite understand the first time round. The Red Meat Orchestra can be everything from a rock band to a full orchestra with brass, strings, woodwinds and a harp.”
“Cinematic in scale, the album is bold in execution”
- Northern Sky
“fine acoustic-pop tunes to savour”
- Flipside Flipside
- Folk All
Paul Mosley has been described as writing "genius songs" (BBC6 Music) and having "the loveliest of voices" (Rhythm Magazine). Previously front man of alt folk favourites Moses (Soho Festival Best Live Act, BBC Radio 2 play lists and fans from Graham Coxon to Jamie Oliver) he's established himself as a solo artist with many admirers of his craft:
"What a voice!" – Jools Holland
"A cults cult, a real gem" – Drowned in Sound
His second album was declared "A genuine lost classic" by BBC6 Music and Volume Magazine described his songs as "uniquely comforting and disturbing at the same time" which he liked. His last release, the sumptuous A Chattering of Birds, was also a critical success:
"...sometimes-disturbing magic realist folk-pop...a honeyed voice that could calm George Galloway" ****
– Q Magazine
"Paul Mosley knows how to craft a good song and present it beautifully...great modern folk writing" ****
- Trevor Raggatt, R2/Rock'n'Reel
"Paul Mosley, on this album, is not just good. He is magnificent. The band too. You can quote me!"
– Frank Gutch Jr., FAME
In addition to his own musical projects, Paul composes for theatre, especially puppet theatre and has worked with several notable companies. Over the past 2 years he's toured providing the live soundtrack to a number of puppet shows (his own compositions) including the recently successful Barely Human Puppets new adaptation of Beowulf.