My name is Paul Avrom Toshner;
I’m a songwriter/singer from Scotland.
I was born 1968 in “The Victoria Infirmary” Glasgow.
I have been a resort and lounge act in Swiss ski resorts, Synagogue halls, hotel lounges in the west end of London (one of them was for four hours a night four nights a week for three years). I have recently been a concert act in American hotels and care homes. My act consist of lyric based song and a bit of daft chat. I took classical voice lessons for three years with Lide De Rosa, and piano with Jim McDowall in the West end of Glasgow
I dream music. Probably because my subconscious is exposed to a lot of playing, I then take the melodies and shape songs and structures and evolve them. I love the process. While building my calendar well here for live work, after getting married in NY and moving to Baltimore - Covid came along but it gave me the chance to catalogue my songs which I have been performed live for many years, some of which are gathered here now.
There is definitely some spiritual thing in what I do, being of the Jewish faith, that mind set is revealed in pieces, I'm a “Jewish singer/songwriter” after all (like an Italian chef).
As well as being prepared in the performance of, having honed and developed these pieces, I am hopeful and confident in the selection and that it can have some impact.
These are all originals and I DO play covers, but in an original way. Don’t expect to hear a song the way you knew it 😜.
For people having a Zoom event I have a featured serenade spot and a variety of services to offer.
My influences include: Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Billy Joel, Mahler, Frank Sinatra, Pavarotti, Elton John, and of course The Beatles.
Please feel free to contact me:
"Words rarely can apologise, words often can harm"
“Excellence is in the turn.”
“Of things I’d rather keep in silence I must sing.”
-Countess of Dis
"A man has to serve his talent, but not at the cost of his principles".
“May your needs and wants find harmony in your will.”
“The power of inception that led to a song”
“There are easier and more difficult truths in life.”
It’s not about meeting “the best person”, it’s meeting the best of a person.”
“The best apology comes a day late!”
“If you don’t want to look at yourself, don't expect other people to look at you!”
"Simply put, an invitation to share in the gemora with someone, is to share in truth with someone, to share in perfection, to share in happiness. I have never enjoyed being wrong so much, it is the ultimate in the middle road, and so affords the greatest dynamic potential - what a conversation to be part of. It is also a most essential exercise for people who they feel they can not risk real dialogue"
"The Chofetz Chaim also knew well the need for compensation for domestic words"
i.e. he was well aware, but his laws are universal.
I used to perform in London west end hotels 4hrs a night 4 nights a week for three years
CORUS HYDE PARK LONDON
Andrew Hollett GM
“Bar sales are way up on the previous years when Paul was not here. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a reference ”
Corus Hyde Park 2013
now GM at Kettering Park Hotel & Spa
T: 01536 416666
DANUBIOUS REGENTS PARK LONDON
Simon McLaughlin OM
"Paul has been performing for a number of years in various hotels in London I have been running. He is an all round entertainer, has shown great engagement and is willing to go that extra mile for customers and you as a client.“
Operations Manager, 2014
Danubious Regents Park London