Belfast-born, Paul apprenticed in Northern Irish post-punk bands before emigrating to UK in the 80s, where since then he has mapped a maverick path as rightstrung lefthanded guitarist, bandleader, composer, triple-octave singer, improviser, sessioneer, collaborator, children's musician and multi-instrumental livelooper-cum-raconteur.
Paul's discography ranges from albums by Radiohead-influencing Anglo-Irish popsters Me, via pioneering Bristol postrockers/nujazzers Organelles and current filmic-folk-minimalists Three Cane Whale - whose debut was described in the Telegraph as among the "five best modern folk albums" in April 2012.
Bradley has collaborated with choreographers (Fleur Darkin, Blake Diptych 2011/12) and a breadth of artists from Blue Aeroplanes to Spiro. He has scored and performed for soundtracks on BBC Natural History, Discovery Channel, Encounters Film Festival, and has played live, or been broadcast on, all six national BBC Radio stations.
Bradley's prolific output of spontaneous multitimbral music saw him do scores of solo and entirely improvised gigs throughout the UK since 1996, when he would have been virtually alone in regularly staging live-looping solo performances in improvised song and soundscape.
In 2009 Bradley made a children's/family album of poetry-settings (Blake, Rossetti, Lear, RLS et al.). Calico Pie was hailed by Independent on Sunday as "wonderful". In 2012 Paul has again been working with visionary choreographer Fleur Darkin on SDT's revival of the immersive children's piece Innocence.
Most recently Paul has md'd and been composer-performer in Myrtle Theatre's (Bristol) r&d production of Super Matty, featuring actor/dancer Nathan Bessell, choreographed by Michelle Luckes.
"Undiscovered genius" Jazzwise "Consistently captivating" Guardian
"One of the most original composers and performers in the country" Venue magazine