Paul Garfinkel is a contemporary acoustic folk singer/songwriter living in Jacksonville, Florida. Much of the inspiration for his writing rises from the people and places of his adopted home state. His lyrics often touch on environmental issues and the need to protect Florida's precious and increasingly scare natural resources. He is also more than willing to challenge what he views as political ineptitude and the realities of societal decay.
A talented guitarist in both flat-pick and finger-style playing, his inventive melodies and chord structures create an entertaining, listenable, and pleasing blend of musical styles and traditions. From rock to folk-rock to jazz-influenced to Americana to pure folk, his performances provide variety, and will please the most discerning audience both musically and lyrically.
Paul has won five songwriting awards from the Will McClean Foundation's annual "Best Florida Song" competition, including first place in 2000 with "The Creek", a memorial for Florida author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and environmentalist / author Marjory Stoneman Douglas. "Th Creek" has also been featured on the History Channel UK, as soundtrack for video about the Rawlings homestead and park in Cross Creek, and in an Australian produced video. Paul has also been a finalist at the South Florida Folk Festival National Songwriter's contest.
Paul released his first solo recording "Good Enough For Me" in 1996, and became a Gatorbone Records recording artist in 2011, releasing his second solo project, "Songs From Sand Lake" in August of that year. He also has recorded on three recordings with his band The Ashley Gang: "Doing Time", "Eastbound Train", and "Girl From Oklahoma". The Ashley Gang was named to the Folk DJ's list of top ten favorite acts at the 2000 North American Folk Alliance meeting, and continues to be among Florida's most sought after acoustic folk bands.
Performing solo, as a duo with his flautist / percussionist wife Kay, as a trio, or with the Ashley Gang, Paul's music is always evolving and well worth hearing.
Paul is also a fine professional photographer (www.riverroadphoto.net) and a trained Florida Master Naturalist with a Master of Science Degree from the University of North Florida.