About Dr Space Toad
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Dr Space Toad is a True Inter-galactic Troubadour and Bard who has written over two hundred songs, the lyrics range from romantic to the mystical, environmental, surreal and anything in between. However not all have them have been properly recorded and some have been lost. If anyone finds any of them lying in the gutters of Pluto please let him know.
His lyrics are very poetic and as well he is a painter, writer, actor and composer. Although more appreciated on other planets than this one. His favourite poets, are himself, Baudelaire, Kafka, Herman Hesse, Flan O' Brian, and Guru Mc Coypu amongst many others.
He has just published a book of his lyrics and poetry which is available on Amazon. It is the first of a Trilogy called.. "Candle Light in the Void. No.1" by Jean Paul Ruskinson (One of his earlier Nom de Plumes). Click on the main page then you will find it at the bottom of the Books page. Along with a few others of his books:"The Trials and Tribulations of a Twenty-First Century Troubadour in Paris "" Ne Poussez pas le Fleuve," "The Thwarted Tangentialist," "The Marriage du Roi Bizare and "The Thwarted Tangentialist from the end of Time","Gerald the Pig" and Uncle Toby the Tapir; They can all be found on the BOOKS page of www.Paulfrancistroubadourspacetoad.com or Click on main page below.
He has to date produced more than 16 CDS of music most of which are available. Here are some:








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ABOUT PAUL/DR SPACE TOAD
Dr Space Toad, for a while known as Paul Francis le Troubadour also known as Jean Paul Dionysus, Jean Paul Ruskinson, and Francisco de La Frontera de Jupiter y la Luna . He was born on Chiron, in 100.00000 years B.C many light years away from a place called earth. (Check out on the time machine cd "set the controls for the heart of the earth) His wondering nature took him to the Moon where he started his musical career, more can be read about this in one of his forth coming books. He then went through a musical evolution forming varios bands , firstly under his stage name "The Stranger" and then under his stage name Jean Paul Ruskinson. Then he started playing gigs as an acoustic singer songwriter under the name of Jean Paul Dionysus
He played around London in venues such as The Troubadour,Bungies, , The Poodle Lounge at Club Dog etc. After a little time, Jean Paul became known as 'The Troubadour' and the Jim Morrison of Folk. The Troubadour and the other new acoustic venues were a platform for the rich variety of artistes around at the timeJean Paul was a catalyst and became a pivotal figure in this emerging scene
After a while, Jean Paul left Londinium disillusioned with the competitive nature of the scene. He returned to the Moon after a brief spell in the West which if you go far enough becomes the East. (See his song gone too far on Dr Space Toad "Venusiano") With trips to France and Ireland. He then formed a new band short lived band, 'The Time Machine'. And made his solo álbum The Great River. and also got involved in the theatre, discovering a talent for acting. Then he went to Evil Town where after having reinventing himself as 'Doctor Spacetoad'. and spued on by his new friend Captain Sensible he started "Club Space Toad", a club for poets, musicians, singer-songwriters, local exentricks and sad lunatics from the end of time. It was here that his new band, The Doctor Spacetoad Experience, came together organically as they all came regularly to the club.
The band toured around the North and South of making regular appearances at festivals such as Glastonbury and the the Big Green Gathering. This band was described as weird,wonderful and vaudeville with "Captain Sensible" on bass guitar, "Monty the Oxy Moron" on keyboards and a succession of insane drummers. This band can lay claim to notoriety, since it was the the only Dada-ist band in existence.... Dr Spacetoad and the band brought out an inter-galactic concept album called 'Time Machine' (there is another great one less know called "Venusian" or "Venusiano") which is available on
As well as fronting 'the Experience', Space Toad also kept a busy gigging and recording schedule with his solo acoustic act, playing at many venues throughout the world and the Universe etc.
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In this perios he produced two new solo folk cd,s Called The Mystical Pantomime and Long Journey. There are also live solo recording yet to be released. Keeping his hand in by regular busking on Saturn,Evil Town,Paris, Amsterdam, Venice and even Marrakesh, he continued in the Minstrel tradition. Here is a picture of him playing outside a Castle. The wonderful image of the castle in the background, ( although he wasnt given a room there) helps make this image especially magical portraying his timeless minstrel persona. For more details see. www.Paulfrancistroubadourspacetoad.com. He played for a while in Holland;. Van Gogh is one Space's favourite artists. like him he often feals that he will probablly only be appreciated when he is dead, and maybe not even then. He was blown away by seening the paintings in the Van Gogh Museum. He was the only musician allowed to play outside Rembrants house because at the time they thought he resembled this magnificent artist.He also performed in Amsterdam in many other venues. Although he has played more extensively in France (has two cd´s in french and two books, see "Balade a travers le bois" and the Book page) .Also in, Spain, (Pablo Piccaso is als one of his favourite artists) Greace Sweden and in Italy, mainlly in Rome where apparantly all roads lead to, a couple of years ago he played some concerts in Japan. For a spell some time ago he played in the Carbonaria in Sevilla where the great late Paco de Lucia had played in his early days. Also has played in an ancient Feonicion city, and Venicia. and Athenes had a profound effect on his life and inspirasion. He loves Flamenco guitar. He has also mastered a number of classical Spanish guitar pieces, including some music from the sixteenth century and some from before the concept of time existed.



 

He has a degree in music and related arts , which helped to hone his ecclectic talents Although he had been out of higher education for many years and believed more in self education, He succeeded in recieving a 2/1 honours drinkers degree through tenacity and self-discipline and an IQ higher than any known living human, depite not being human. A paradox! Where his next destination will be, where his wondering, vagabond, roving spirit will guide him who knows.(The photo above is of a concert in Florence.) He is busy playing and composing with a view to recording more music for his next albums and forthcoming gigs.


Like many creative people, he draws his inspiration from many diverse artistes and experiences and places he has visited. One such artiste is himself. ,Jaques Brel is another who as moved him and has moved him, is Mike Scott of the Water Boys who like him expresses his music with a deep passion and many others .As a small child (changeling as his Mother always said that when he was born the Elves changed the baby) his favorite bands were The Beatles and Black Sabbath and he loved Toni Iommi's guitar playing. and Ozzy Ozbourns Lyrics. Also the Verve and their bittersweet symphony. Camaron de la Isla. And too many other influences to mention. He is also deeply influenced by some Traditional Celtic Folk songs.And last but certainly not least, he has also has an affinity for the meta-physical lyrics and music of the late, great Jim Morrison of the Doors. sharing the coincidence of finding himself living in the hotel Jim Morrison stayed in in Paris before he died.(not at the same time however) More about this his book. The Trials and Tribulations of a Twenty First Century Troubadour in Paris .Once entering the metro in Rome the music of "Break on through to the other side" broke through the sound system reminding him of his link with the Great Spirit and other dimensions. He was told by the Hotel owner in Paris that Jim Morrison had a great afinity with the native Indians and The Great Spitit and even gave him a present of a Large book about this very subject. This is known by very few people. But realy Jean Paul Francis Dionysus Ruskinson Space Toad canot be compared to other artists as he is unique (although arnt we all in some way or another)


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The Dr Space Toad Experience playEvil Town






Pablo the Classical guitarist plays Spanish guitar piece, 'Fantasia', in a Paris cafe.


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Jean Paul Dionysius sings his song September



Paul le Troubadour sings his song Septembre, his own translation into french fom his original version.





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