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Paul Fitton (Guitars)

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Paul began learning guitar at age 11 in the UK. Six months later (disliking his guitar teacher and what he was trying to teach) he realised he had a good ‘ear’ and decided he could learn more on his own by listening to the music he really liked.

Paul joined his first band at 12 with his best friend from primary school, Alan Forman (drums), and began gigging in public not long after turning 13. The band played top 40 covers of the time and whatever ‘rock’ stuff they could sneak in relatively unnoticed in front of the UK ‘clubland’ punters. Paul continued with that for seven years before leaving for Australia at 21.

During that time Paul indulged in a few side-ventures including a ‘heavy-rock’ band formed with some guys from High School (and later with Alan Forman again) with the curious/humorous, bad-taste name “Bowleg and the Ricketts”.

"It was a very cool band with sax/flute player Jon Taylor – and we just got to play stuff we liked – loudly," remembered Paul

In those early years, he found a bunch of influential players from whom he 'stole' musical & sonic ideas, licks, etc. The obvious: Clapton, Page & Beck, David Gilmour, Rory Gallagher, Pete Townsend, Joe Walsh, Frank Zappa, Freddie, Albert and BB King, Buddy Guy, Alvin Lee, Ritchie Blackmore and Stevie Ray Vaughan were the most important ones, but there were many others too numerous to mention. Paul also amassed musical influences from a spectrum of bands/genres between folk, blues, various ‘rock’ styles, funk, jazz and avante garde.

He joined his first Perth band in 1979 and continued along those lines with various outfits doing similar venues (and corporate work), gradually improving the quality of the material and the bands/people he played with for 12 or more years. It was during this period that he first met his long-time “BFF”, confidante and amazing vocalist Rose Carleo; in a little country band they’d both prefer to forget.

In the early '90s Paul joined “Cool Change” – his first ‘rock’ band with two female vocalists and three-piece backing including great friend Mark Charman. This was immediately followed by five to six years with The Mersey Allstars – a British '60s comedy-styled ‘showband’ – the most successful band he'd been in to date.

The new millennium brought new challenges with a failed attempt to re-create the ‘Merseys’ and yet another tavern/corporate band ‘Rewind’ with old friend Dave Woodhall, Paul Watson, Debbie Gamble and Debbie’s replacement – Rose Carleo, after which followed a hiatus of five years before joining Too Easy (a three-piece rock outfit) for a short time and most recently On The Level with Dave Gillam, Bill Blissett, Jim Awram and Ian ‘Bones’ Ironside, with whom Paul finally got to play some good, rocking blues AND got paid for doing it.

Throughout Paul's varied career, he never lost his love for the blues and its many and varied formats. Now – with BB & Co - he's finally getting to do what he loves in a form and with a bunch of guys with whom he just loves to perform.

"I’d have to say this is the best band I’ve ever been in," said Paul "and we hope we get the satisfaction and support to make it last a long, long time."

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