Paul Geary

02 Feb 2015


Bass Performance Tutor

» Career Credits: Dire Straits Experience, George Micheal, Sister Sledge, Rose Royce, BoneyM, Paul Young, Lisa Stansfield, Gabrielle, Chris Rea, Nik Kershaw, The Lighthouse Family, Geri Halliwell, Dane Bowers, A1, Sophie Ellis Bexter, Liberty X, Clarkesville, Enrique, Phix, Dside, Blazing Squad, Rachel Stevens (ex S-Club7), Simply Red, Donny & Marie Osmond, Westlife, Shane Filan and Mary J Blige.

Paul started his playing career comparatively late; having received no formal music training at school, he started playing bass in a gospel church at the age of 18. Shortly after this Paul went on to study music in the USA, where he became an honours graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and B.I.T, Musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, California. Upon return to the UK Paul quickly established himself as one of the UK’s foremost studio bassists and active session musicians.

In 1991 he received his first break working with soul diva’s Lisa Stansfield and Gabrielle. In 1992 Paul was part of the Princes Trust Rock School event, and played alongside Jools Holland in front of Prince Charles.

In 1993 Paul was voted Best “New Musician” by the British Music Association. That same year he started playing bass for Chris Norman in his own band, the former lead singer of Smokie and later that year Chris Rea.

Paul finds time within his busy schedule of touring across the UK and Europe and supplying private tuition sessions, to lecture on full time courses at ACM, where he offers students his vast amount of knowledge and experience. He is also a contributor for Guitar Techniques & Bass Guitar Magazine, and was even featured on its cover in 2017. In addition, Paul has been featured in a column within Bassists Magazine “Behind the Bass”, where it explores his time with the Dire Straits Experience. In the summer of 2018 Paul also played Arena shows (including Wembley) with Sister Sledge & Rose Royce. 


Paul has played bass with many artists including Paul Young, Nik Kershaw, The Lighthouse Family, Geri Halliwell, Dane Bowers (another level) and A1.

Paul has also worked with a number of bands as ‘MD’ signed to Polydor, Sony, EMI, and Warner Music. These include Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Liberty X, Clarkesville, Enrique, Phix, Dside, Blazing Squad and Rachel Stevens (ex S-Club7), Simply Red, Donny and Marie Osmond ITV1, Mary J Blige.

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