Album launch 🎶 just over a week to go…
Come to the gig to celebrate with me,
I am being joined by the wonderfully talented Bronwyn Halley
Album Launch “Stay” by Paul S Allen with Bronwyn
The album will be available on Sunday 10 November at the launch gig at Dog With Two Tails
Options will be…
- USB (with songs cover art and bonus video)
- CD (for those who like a spinning thing)
For those not able to get to the gig it will also be on…
- Google Play
- …and wherever you listen to music.
I will have my 2020 calendars available at the gig, and combination deals will be made.
Images from the 2019 South Dunedin Busking Festival Held on 19 October 2019 King Edward Street, South Dunedin, Dunedin, NZ. Prize giving held at the Dunedin Gasworks Museum. (Click image to go to the gallery)
The song on the video below is one of mine called “Am I Flying” which is about starting new things which many of the buskers did at the event.
“Am I Flying” Words and music ©Paul S Allen 2019 – All rights reserved. Video @Paul S Allen 2019
For immediate release. 15 October 2019
An old master to release his debut LP after 30 years in the business.
Singer songwriter Paul S Allen has been a stalwart live performer for more around 30 years in Dunedin, but there’s one thing he’s not done, until now…
Paul S Allen releases his first full album, ‘Stay’ on November 10th 2019.
Stay is a nine song LP which represents the cream on the top of three decades of songwriting.
The album takes the listener on a musical journey from almost pure folk, brushing past alt country, and lurching at times to kiwi rock.
A multi-instrumentalist Paul S Allen arranged and plays every instrument on Stay, and on tunes like the opener Am I flying?, Young at heart (faded from black), and Shine your light, he layers up harmony vocals in a similar way to great gospel singers like Steve Wonder.
The album’s title track is the second to last song on the album, which is closed off with Sleep, a song which began life as a poem that Allen penned a few years back.
With Allen’s reflective lyric style, his original songs are from the heart and soul drawing on observations of the world around him.
He’s English born, but now is a proud Kiwi, and a passionate supporter of the Dunedin music scene.
Paul S Allen is celebrating the release of Stay with an album release party at Dog With Two Tails in Dunedin on Sunday afternoon, November 10th.
Supporting Paul S Allen at the one-off release show for Stay is rising Dunedin, New Zealand-based country singer Bronwyn, who returned to the city recently from a stint in Nashville USA, where she intends to return as soon as possible.
Paul S Allen will have hard copies of Stay available at the release show.
Links to Stay will be online at Spotify, Google play, iTunes, and Bandcamp and are set to go live on November 10th.
- Paul S Allen plays in Bark at Dog With Two Tails in Dunedin’s Moray Place at 2pm Sunday November 10th with Bronwyn, to celebrate the release of his debut LP Stay.
For further information contact: Paul S Allen
If you are expected to be at work you should expect to be paid.
This not paying workers for staff training etc is not new.
However, this practice needs to be stopped and workers need to be paid where there is an expectation (stated or implied) to attend training or other activities that are in anyway work related.
Back in the early 90’s I worked for Dick Smith (an electronics retail store) part time on Saturday mornings (maximum of 4 hours per week) and I still had to attend compulsory staff training on Monday evenings in my own time and unpaid. these training sessions were basically a staff meeting which lasted sometimes over an hour.
I should say I was good at my job, I was making good sales and I liked my work even though the wages were low.
At the time I was on a training course as I had been out of work for about a year and this job was just to help get by. (yes it was declared income to Work and Income).
After a few months of questioning why I should attend the compulsory training and asking why I was not being paid for it, feeling completely undervalued I walked out.
The complete frustration and cost involved to get to the meetings lead me to the point when I just handed back my uniform at the end of a Saturday and walked off.
Paying staff appropriately for the work they do is vital for the whole of the community. This also means paying a living wage (not just minimum wage).
By asking workers to do work related things unpaid diminishes them financially, personally and morally.
If you find you are in this situation where your employer is not paying you appropriately please talk to your Union (if you are not a member let me encourage you to join) or at least talk to your local Community Law Centre for advice, or contact The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
If you are an employer doing this practice, stop it now and pay your staff. Perhaps reorganise your schedule to allow training to happen during normal operating hours (not lunch breaks or tea breaks). Be creative and ask your staff what would work for them.