Paul Henshaw

Click here to edit subtitle



Paul Henshaw Press Pack


[email protected]

Shropshire born RIOT FOLK singer songwriter, who has graced stages across the UK, Europe, USA and as far away as CHINA, TAIWAN and THAILAND! 

Shared stages with the likes of THE LEVELLERS, UB40, THE FEELING, FEROCIOUS DOG, NEWTON FAULKNER, THE ORB, and many more  

YOU! JUST LOST THE GAME - Released Feb 19th 2016 on Crazy Yellow Dog Records hit TOP 3 Amazon Album charts with the single I DECLARE SHENANIGANS reaching #1 in FOLK charts and a #1 HOT NEW RELEASE 

2017 see's a new album scheduled for May 


What people are saying


Shrop Rocks Magazine

It’s incredible to me how someone as glaringly talented as Paul Henshaw doesn’t have the same mass appeal as the auto-tuned people of this world, but I am also glad that he seems to be attracting the ears of more and more people in the mainstream sphere, so all Paul needs now is a stage, a guitar, and all those present will listen.


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!  "Always take the stage like its the last night of your life" If you are going to be in a band, this is how you do it!


Shop Sessions

You should go and see Paul live. He will take you on an emotional roller coaster and for the right reasons, you'll want to cry, get angry, laugh and that's what songs should do, they should  fill you with emotion.


Folk Union

Henshaw's songs are powerful, poignant and often both. He is an artist of passion and equally as important, ability. Punk, Folk and rock riffs combine with his lyrical style to produce the kind of thought provoking songs that hold you in their grip and won't let go


Salford City Radio

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.


Sam Rodgers - Freelance Journalist

In an era of mass produced and gimmicky music, Paul Henshaw rises above to give us original, unique and ultimatley relevant songs which, given the chance, could redifine 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