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Younger Days

I sang in St Columb Minor church choir as a child! I played Brigittia Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, staged by the Amateur Operatic Society in Newquay, Cornwall at age 11. I was in a punk band called Absit Invidia in Doncaster in the late 1970’s and a jazz band called the Naff Alley Street Band in the 1980’s

I was in a duo with Mina Sassoon in London. I was in a three-piece semi acoustic band called Fancy Footwork in London and I also played solo at acoustic clubs such as Bunjies, in the 1990’s till I left London in 2006.

Image of Pauline Bradley & Mina Sassoon - In Tottenham London
Pauline Bradley & Mina Sassoon - In Tottenham London
Fancy Footwork released a protest cassette with two tracks called "Oxleas Wood" and "White Violet Morning" written by band member John Arthur. Later it was decided that eight thousand year old Oxleas Wood would not be demolished to build a road. Paulines mum said "That was all because of your song".
Image of Pauline,Carol Vincent (who appeared in Big Brother)and John Arthur in Fancy Footwork, London, 1998
Pauline,Carol Vincent (who appeared in Big Brother)and John Arthur in Fancy Footwork, London, 1998
I also sang in a choir called Red and Green in London. From 2006 I have sung and played solo at Open Microphone and acoustic venues in Scotland. I often play at open mic night's including the Islay pub, Loch Lomond folk club and Dumbarton Acoustic Music Night. I also sing in the Eurydice Women's Choir and Protest in Harmony

I performed at Loch Lomond folk festival in 2012 and supported Mary Kathleen Burke in the Maid of the Loch music sessions.

Recordings

My "Don't Give up" recording received supportive words from Tony Benn!!

Recent CD Information

No Borders, No Barriers written by Pauline Bradley
Image of cover art from latest album “No Borders, No Barriers”.
Cover art from latest album “No Borders, No Barriers”.
Sample songs from No Borders, No Barriers
No Borders No Barriers
Song From The Erskine Bridge
Kurdistan
  • Vocals and mandolin: Pauline Bradley
Additional vocals:
  • Leanne and Gordon McMurtrie
  • Ann Morgan, Jim Byrne
  • Pat Byrne, Johnny Russell
  • Sharon Campbell, Eddie Coyle (via mobile phone)


No Borders, No Barriers is now available for purchase as a physical copy, or individual tracks can be purchased as digital downloads

Live performances from Pauline, Leanne McMurtrie and Eddie Coyle

Songs from Live performance
Freedom Come-All-YeGuantanamera ImagineJohn MacLean MarchNatives

If we could get rid of walls, borders, barriers and blocks, both physically and mentally; we could start to build a world based on mutual trust, love, compassion, respect and care for the planet. So what’s stopping us?! Pauline Bradley

Song from the Erskine Bridge, (Erskine Bridge EP) written by Pauline Bradley

Vocals, guitar and mandolin: Pauline Bradley, Additional vocals: Leanne McMurtrie

Cover of Erskine Bridge EP Quote from Christy Moore
Cover images from "Song from the Erskine Bridge", alongside encouragement from Christy Moore
The Erskine Bridge situated about ten miles from Glasgow and near the towns of Erskine, Clydebank, Dumbarton, and the villages of Dalmuir, Old Kilpatrick and Bowling; is a spot of unrivalled beauty. It spans the river Clyde where big liners from across the Atlantic were seen making their way down stream. Dumbarton castle, the river Leven, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are nearby which attracts cyclists and tourists.
Shipbuilding once employed hundreds of thousands of locals and historic struggles have taken place such as the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders "work in" in 1972 where Jimmy Reid made his famous speech. This attracted huge support and prevented the closure of the shipyard.
However the bridge also has a sad story, which locals know of. The song was written to highlight the plight of people who choose to take their lives on the bridge. It is in support of the Butterfly Project, which supports bereaved relatives, campaigns for better preventative measures and has raised money for a commemorative butterfly bench, now situated at St Margarets Hospice, Clydebank
Image of Anne Morgan and Pauline Bradley
Anne Morgan and Pauline Bradley with the Butterfly Bench which now resides at St Margarets Hospice, Clydebank. It was made by Glasgow Recycling with monies raised from butterfly benefit gigs. The butterfly is used as a symbol of transformation as an alternative to suicide.

fluttering butterfly