Paul Henshaw

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Paul Henshaw is a Shropshire based RIOT FOLK singer songwriter who pretty much spends his life thumping lumps out of his guitar and singing about life, hangovers and anything else he's passionate about


With 2 AMAZON CHART #1 singles and an AMAZON top 3 album in 2016, Paul and the Simpletons are looking forward to another busy year including the release of the new album called FISHING FOR OWLS on May 5th 2017

FISHING FOR OWLS reached NUMBER 1 in The Amazon Album download charts and the singles "STONES" and "FAY'S SONG" Reached #1 and #3 respectively

What people are saying


Fishing for Owls is 10 songs of PURE GOLD. It's positively indulgent. Delicious, dark, sardonic, witty lyrics, there just isn't another band around that sounds like them


I've battered myself with the album. I Love it. Most albums are "This is my music I hope you like it" Not this one. It's more a totally unapologetic "This is the music of Paul Henshaw. Come enjoy the ride with me". Why move forward in a rut when you can plough your own field


Paul can take you from joyful irreverence and egoless self-depreciation to the most poignant and moving tributes within a track or two. Smiling and laughing one minute, you'll be moved to tears the next. Lyrically thought provoking and musically diverse - a folk punk odyssey just begging to be absorbed


So the CD review is done and what a classy encounter it has been.  The crew apply themselves with thought and care and pour out many acoustic aromas to get your curious hooter around.  From a punk point of view this may be too mild, too clean cut and too gentle for some - personally it only proves there are some right silly people about with no sense of variation and, may I add, taste!

Cult of SuperTed

I saw this amazing band at a festival in Devon, Paul Henshaw and The Scientific Simpletons, at the end of the set the lead singer called me over from the crowd and said with a huge smile " hey buddy would you like the set list?" You made me feel a part of something, can't ask for more than that! If you are going to be in a band, this is how you do it!

Salford City Radio

One thing is for sure though, whether an aspiring songwriter or a frustrated musician, 'FISHING FOR OWLS' is the one anthem of self-belief that everyone needs to hear.

Sam Rodgers - Freelance Journalist

In an era of mass produced and gimmicky music, Paul Henshaw rises above to give us original, unique and ultimately relevant songs which, given the chance, could redefine a generation.


Paul Henshaw & the Scientific Simpletons 

Live @ the Plough Cadishead 2/5/14

By Sam Rogers – Salford City Radio, Manchester


Having had the pleasure of watching Paul Henshaw and his extremely talented band on a number of occasions, I was somewhat puzzled and surprised to see him sat down at the front of the stage – a complete polar opposite to the adrenaline filled bundle of energy which has become the trademark of Paul Henshaw and his Scientific Simpletons.

Describing tonight’s show as ‘A stripped back set’ I was pleasantly surprised to find that none of the usual energy and emotion had been lost despite the band’s seated approach.

Opening the show with ‘I am Nikki Sixx’ from his most recent album ‘I Refuse to Sink’ he captured the crowd immediately, who despite an obvious lack of familiarity with their work, were instantly absorbed by the tempo, musicianship and passion that anyone familiar with the Scientific Simpletons will be less than surprised to hear.

The introduction of additional backing vocals from new Simpleton Nikki was inspired – adding yet another dimension to this extremely versatile band packed to the brim with musical talent.

Paul and his merry clan continued with a mix of songs from his latest album as well as some old favourites for any simpleton enthusiast – ‘Proud Salopian’, ‘Camaraderie’ and ‘Get off the coat tails’ had the crowd in the palm of his hand and he wasn’t going to let go of them easily.

It is easy to listen and just hear an accomplished veteran with a clear passion for what he is doing, but perhaps one of Paul’s most undervalued qualities is the rapport he builds with the crowd regardless of their prior knowledge of the band and material. Whether it’s the first time or the fiftieth time you are seeing the band, you feel involved and it is this crowd participation that makes the show so unique and brilliant.

Paul’s decision to ask a member of the audience onto stage to play harmonica alongside him in ‘My mates and me’ from his second album “Winners never quit…” has become something of a tradition during performances and while many of his peers would question his mental state, it is something of an inspired decision, it completes the crowds journey from interested outsider to honorary Simpleton – a transition it is almost impossible to resist.

Henshaw did in the end indulge the crowd by throwing in a couple of wonderfully executed covers – his rendition of the Undertone’s Teenage Kicks going down especially well, with Henshaw himself unable to fight the urge to kick it up a further notch, shedding the chair in the process, which many enjoyed, no more so than the man himself who thrived in his more familiar stance.

Few people will have heard of Paul Henshaw before they arrived in the Plough, but one thing is for sure, they won’t forget him or the Scientific Simpletons any time soon.

Review of Album “I Refuse To Sink”

Paul Henshaw & the Scientific Simpletons


Crazy Yellow Dog / Shakster Records 

The latest chapter in the discography of Shropshire's answer to Frank Turner, Paul Henshaw is perhaps his best work to date.

'I Refuse to Sink' is the follow up to the popular 'Winners never quit...' and Henshaw has proved with both that he isn't willing to do either when it comes to the pursuit of musical happiness.

Of the ten tracks on the album, personal favorites include 'Irish Singer Songwriter', 'Proud Salopian' and 'Camaraderie' which is perhaps the pick of the bunch.

As with many musicians Paul likes to reminisce and the angry nature of some of his previous work is replaced by a no less entertaining look back over what are seemingly anecdotes of the singer's past. The energy and intensity is still there, but what Henshaw has done rather shrewdly is opened his work up for a whole new generation of followers, and allow those somewhat longer in the tooth to cast their minds back fondly on their youth.

A particularly poignant lyric from Camaraderie shows how attitudes change with age and how none of us are ever as invincible as we thought we were with the naivety of youth - “I was immortal and unbeatable, I was so untouchable but broken bones and cuts all mean something now, they all hurt me now”.

When you have the fortune of watching Henshaw and his band of Simpletons perform live, it is easy to see that behind the brash and outspoken front man who entertains crowds week in, week out is a man who genuinely enjoys the time he spends on stage and it is felt in his lyrics. “Ever since I was a boy, I've played guitar and dreamt of breaking hearts”, could easily be a sentence scrawled in a journal of Henshaw's instead it is the opening lyric to 'Irish Singer Songwriter' and it is that passion for the art of musicianship that makes Henshaw's work inspirational.

It is easy to get engrossed within this album as it takes you on a journey that many will draw similarities from. While for others, the prospect of producing songs of such a standard is merely an aspiration or forgotten dream.


One thing is for sure though, whether an aspiring songwriter or a frustrated musician, 'I Refuse to Sink' is the one anthem of self-belief that everyone needs to hear.

94.4FM Salford City Radio