Paul & Trevor Mills

Paul & Trevor Mills

Genre: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

Paul Mills has been in the music game for a long time. How long? Well, his first major influence was the Kingston Trio – now do the math! He has been part of many different bands and also performed extensively as a solo act at festivals, clubs and concert halls all over Canada. His professional career began in earnest in the early seventies when he started producing folk records. Now, 45 years and over 200 records later he’s still doing that and still performing professionally. He’s a pretty decent guitar picker, singer and songwriter and does songs that range from side splitting funny to achingly poignant.

The idea that he and his son Trevor go on tour was pretty much the idea of Home Routes founder and long-time pal of both, Mitch Podolak. They both thought it would be fun to do a one-time tour of Manitoba and so here we are!

Paul’s son, Trevor Mills “used to be” a musician.  For a while there he really was living the dream.  As a bass player, he toured across the country, and as far away as Norway, with the Juno award winning band, Digging Roots. And he played to full houses on multiple tours with Winnipeg based singer-songwriter, Nathan Rogers in a show maintaining the music of his late father, Stan.

Speaking of Rogers the elder, Stan’s old (and I do mean old) producer happens to be Trevor’s dad, Paul.  Thanks to that guy, Mills the younger grew up around folk festivals and live music.  The likes of Stan, Willie P. Bennet and Mitch Podolak were just a few of the scruffy dudes that dad hung out with.

So it was in his blood, you see, this folk music.  This infectious downbeat of a genre, boomed in a generation now retired, yet alive and well, tonight, in the living rooms of Manitoba.

About making it a career though.  The thing was that the pay, the hours, the repetition, the chaos, the flights, the border crossings, the repetition, the damp motels, and the time away from his two young children turned out to be enough reasons to change.  Trevor the engineer re-emerged and he went straight, working full time as a web application programmer.  And the musician lay dormant.

Dormant, yet renewed.  He took up piano, played music with his kids and their schoolmates, and contrived with his Dad to drive over Lake Superior and mount a once-in-a-lifetime tour with Home Routes.  We’re grateful to you for being so open.

Trevor Mills will always be a musician. So will his dad, Paul. And here they are together in front of an audience for the first time.

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Kenora, ON

Location:Kenora, ON

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Winnipeg, MB

Location:Winnipeg, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Patricia Beach, MB

Location:Patricia Beach, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Falcon Lake, MB

Location:Falcon Lake, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Emerson, MB

Location:Emerson, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Cartwright, MB

Location:Cartwright, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Glenboro, MB

Location:Glenboro, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Birtle, MB

Location:Birtle, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Russell, MB

Location:Russell, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Norquay, SK

Location:Norquay, SK

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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McCreary, MB

Location:McCreary, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Arborg, MB

Location:Arborg, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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Winnipeg, MB

Location:Winnipeg, MB

With: Paul & Trevor Mills

Playing: Contemporary Folk, Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller

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