Paddy Milner is not only recognised as one of the leading blues piano players in the world - he is currently keyboard player of choice for Sir Tom Jones, following several years with the late great Jack Bruce - but also as a superb original songwriter and distinctive singer. His current group, Londonola, plays homegrown British music with a strong dose of New Orleans spirit. He has won the award for BEST KEYBOARD PLAYER at the British Blues Awards.
Milner burst onto the scene in his own right at aged 19 with his debut album 21st Century Boogie. The album garnered international accolades within the Blues world and beyond. Milner’s next album, Walking On Eggshells achieved No.1 in the official French Jazz/Blues charts and Dave Brubeck himself became a fan of Milner’s arrangement of his Unsquare Dance. After hearing Paddy’s third album, Based On A True Story, on French radio Ray Charles’ musical director Jean-Michel Bernard invited him to record his next album, The Curious Case of Paddy Milner, in Paris. The album delves deeper into a roots driven sound and shows his love of the Blues combined with a whole hearted embrace of popular song. It is as much inspired by Brian Wilson’s melodic pop symphonies as it is traditional Blues.
Milner’s album, Based On A True Story took Paddy on a worldwide tour performing alongside some of the most revered legends of Blues and Boogie Woogie. He and his band ‘The Big Sounds’ collaborated extensively with top U.S. blues/soul singer Earl Thomas producing the excellent self-titled album Earl Thomas with Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds. He has performed with the likes of Tom Jones, Jack Bruce, David Gilmour, Eric Burdon, Van Morrison, Phil Manzanera, Joss Stone, McFly, Boy George, Steve Lukather as well as the cream of the international Blues scene. He is a co-founder of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion which enjoys a monthly residency at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Club in London.