Music delivery to the Isles on a milk float

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A very unusual musical tour is coming to the Isles this July. Singer/songwriter Paul Thompson is heading to the Western Isles in a milk float to promote his show ‘Floating to the Fringe’.

Paul will be coming to South Uist, Harris and Scalpay on the 11th, 15th and 16th of July to perform songs from his latest album ‘Lost In The Land Of The Midnight Sun’.

He is not currently scheduled to play any shows in the Stornoway area but says this is something he would love to do and the ideal dates for this would be the 17th, 18th or 19th of July.

Anyone who wants to book him to play a show can do so via Paul’s website here. He can also be booked to do songwriting workshops.

To fund the tour Paul is selling advertising space on his milk float.

Talking about the trip Paul explained that he chose a milk float as his touring vehicle due to the “environmental aspect” of the journey (the milk float is fitted with solar panels to power all of his musical gear).

He added: “Although it’s quite slow I’ve only missed two tour dates and it has been nice to slow down. The tour has reminded me how nice the British Isles are.”

Paul says another problem with the milk float is its tendency to break down on hills!

He joked that his next tour might be Holland to try and circumvent this issue.

Paul said: “All of the tour dates have been organised carefully to allow me to travel around 30 miles a day, so that I can make the gig dates, as the milk float crawls along at just 10 miles per hour.”

Paul’s last tour was of Alaska and Canada and he has also toured in New Zealand, but he says that his current tour is definitely the most interesting yet. He has visited the Western Isles once before on a trip to Barra and is excited to explore further north.

Paul is travelling with poet and singer/songwriter Rose Selavy and they have been playing free shows in day centres for the disabled throughout the tour.

The proceeds from the tour are going towards setting up a community music project in Paul’s home of Norfolk. He says that he thinks this will be good for the rural area as there is “not a lot going on” there.

The tour concludes on the 20th August when his show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, where he will be performing daily until the 31st.