Paul Ubana Jones

Recording Artist - Canterbury

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Artist Bio

  • Artist Type Bands
  • Location Canterbury
  • Genre Acoustic, Bluegrass, Blues
  • Members 1
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Born in London to a Yorkshire mother and a Nigerian father, Paul Ubana Jones was playing guitar by the age of 11. This was the beginning of a three-decade career that would see him crossing continents and recording eight albums.

After graduating from music college, where he studied guitar, cello and composition, Paul began to forge his own contemporary style, influenced by blues, rock, folk and jazz, which he has developed over the years.

In the late eighties, Paul moved to New Zealand, where he still lives. He continues to perform regularly in New Zealand, Australia, and internationally. Over the years, Paul has shared the stage with various artists, including Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Tuck and Patti, Crowded House and many others.

His festival appearances include Dublin Blues Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival, Vancouver Island Folk Festival, Blues at Bridgetown, and many others across Europe.

Paul won three New Zealand Music awards.



Paul was a fabulous introduction to the concert. He is a true musician who manipulates his hands at high speed to produce impact guitar between his husky verses. Paul Played a couple of songs with Keb Mo and had his name planted in that timeless line. Irene Chappie - The Dominion -

Paul Ubana Jones took to the stage for 25 minutes of acoustic bliss. His soulful voice, sprightly guitar agility and enthusiasm made this the most inspired performance of the evening but then he had the hardest job and the most to prove. his latest CD 'Blessing & Burdens' is well worth checking out. In another country he would be a national institution! Simon Sweetman -

Opening act Paul Ubana Jones earned his own standing ovation with utterly distinctive guitar style. I can only describe it as part Ritchie Havens, Part Andres segovia and part Ravi Shankar. That's right, he closed his set with a raging Indian raga that was as dazzling in technique as it was inventive in composition. Jim Kershner - The Spokesman -

Unquestionably the best thing to happen to the New Zealand entertainment scene for a long time. Gary McCormick -

Marvelous control and decastating of the few solo acts people sit up and listen to, such is the force of the man's playing technique and stage presence. -

A national treasure; Paul Ubana Jones is so much more than one man with a guitar. He is a conjuror of unique and original songs, rooted in primal Blues and Soul. -

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Song List

From: The Things Which Touch Me So

Freight Train
He Is A Mirror
Ballad Of A Thin Man
I Used To Love Her
The Owl And The Moon
Blues With A Feeling
Running From Home
Crack Up
Special Request
The Things Which Touch Me So
Okoi Ubanga

From: Paul Ubana Jones (Self Titled)

Hoochie Coochie Man
Daddy Don’t Live Here Any More
I’m Serving Time
Blue Melody
The Music Is Why I’m Here
Africa - The Sunburnt Stone
Mountain Song
I’m Counting On Love
Raga ‘Bird Without Song’

From: I Need A Storm
Call Him Hero
Life Is Like That
Song To Jimi
Here Comes A Change
Home Is Where The Hatred Is
One Lucky Brother!
You Better Get It Right
Win You With A Smile
So Bad
It Ain’t Easy
I Need A Storm
Sister Moon
Not Ringing True

From: Blessings & Burdens

Looking For Your Love
Lust For Life
Pearls On A Train
House Of The Rising Sun
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
The River In Me
Song For Midnight
It Ain’t Easy

From: A Change Of Season

A Change of Season
Give It All
Next Time Around
The Light Which I Hold
Fresh New Presents
High Rollin’ Man
So Bad
Lose A Stranger, Win A Friend