|ABOUT PAUL/DR SPACE TOAD|
|Dr Space Toad, for a while known as Paul Francis le Troubadour also known as Jean Paul Dionysus, Jean Paul Ruskinson, and Francisco de La Frontera de Jupiter y la Luna . He was born on Chiron, in 100.00000 years B.C many light years away from a place called earth. (Check out on the time machine cd "set the controls for the heart of the earth) His wondering nature took him to the Moon where he started his musical career, more can be read about this in one of his forth coming books. He then went through a musical evolution forming varios bands , firstly under his stage name "The Stranger" and then under his stage name Jean Paul Ruskinson. Then he started playing gigs as an acoustic singer songwriter under the name of Jean Paul Dionysus|
|He played around London in venues such as The Troubadour,Bungies, , The Poodle Lounge at Club Dog etc. After a little time, Jean Paul became known as 'The Troubadour' and the Jim Morrison of Folk. The Troubadour and the other new acoustic venues were a platform for the rich variety of artistes around at the timeJean Paul was a catalyst and became a pivotal figure in this emerging scene|
|After a while, Jean Paul left Londinium disillusioned with the competitive nature of the scene. He returned to the Moon after a brief spell in the West which if you go far enough becomes the East. (See his song gone too far on Dr Space Toad "Venusiano") With trips to France and Ireland. He then formed a new band short lived band, 'The Time Machine'. And made his solo álbum The Great River. and also got involved in the theatre, discovering a talent for acting. Then he went to Evil Town where after having reinventing himself as 'Doctor Spacetoad'. and spued on by his new friend Captain Sensible he started "Club Space Toad", a club for poets, musicians, singer-songwriters, local exentricks and sad lunatics from the end of time. It was here that his new band, The Doctor Spacetoad Experience, came together organically as they all came regularly to the club.|
|The band toured around the North and South of making regular appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury and the the Big Green Gathering. This band was described as weird,wonderful and vaudeville with "Captain Sensible" on bass guitar, "Monty the Oxy Moron" on keyboards and a succession of insane drummers. This band can lay claim to notoriety, since it was the the only Dada-ist band in existence.... Dr Spacetoad and the band brought out an inter-galactic concept album called 'Time Machine' (there is another great one less know called "Venusian" or "Venusiano") which is available on|
|As well as fronting 'the Experience', Space Toad also kept a busy gigging and recording schedule with his solo acoustic act, playing at many venues throughout the world and the Universe etc.|
|In this perios he produced two new solo folk cd,s Called The Mystical Pantomime and Long Journey. There are also live solo recording yet to be released. Keeping
his hand in by regular busking on Saturn,Evil Town,Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and even
Marrakesh, he continued in the Minstrel tradition. Here is a picture of
him playing outside a Castle. The wonderful image of the castle in
the background, ( although he wasnt given a room there) helps make this image especially magical portraying his
timeless minstrel persona. For more details see. www.Paulfrancistroubadourspacetoad.com. He played for a while in
Holland;. Van Gogh is one Space's favourite artists. like him he often feals that he will probablly only be appreciated when he is dead, and maybe not even then. He was blown away by seening the paintings in the Van Gogh Museum. He was the only musician allowed to play outside Rembrants house because at the time they thought he resembled this magnificent artist.He also performed in Amsterdam in many other venues. Although he has played more extensively in France (has two cd´s in french and two books, see "Balade a travers le bois" and the Book page) .Also in, Spain, (Pablo Piccaso is als one of his favourite artists) Greace Sweden and in Italy, mainlly in Rome where apparantly all roads lead to, a couple of years ago he played some concerts in Japan. For a spell some time ago he played in the Carbonaria in Sevilla where the great late Paco de Lucia had played in his early days. Also has played in an ancient Feonicion city, and Venicia. and Athenes had a profound effect on his life and inspirasion. He loves Flamenco guitar. He has also mastered a number of classical Spanish guitar
pieces, including some music from the sixteenth century and some from before the concept of time existed.
He has a degree in music and related arts , which helped to hone his ecclectic talents Although he had been out of higher education for many years and believed more in self education, He succeeded in recieving a 2/1 honours drinkers degree through tenacity and self-discipline and an IQ higher than any known living human, depite not being human. A paradox! Where his next destination will be, where his wondering, vagabond, roving spirit will guide him who knows.(The photo above is of a concert in Florence.) He is busy playing and composing with a view to recording more music for his next albums and forthcoming gigs.