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Saturday 19 August 2017

From the Baggot Inn to the Hollywood hills. . .

The wonderful musical career of singer Anne Bushnell was celebrated at her funeral in Dublin this week.

Although Anne has sadly passed, her talented son Paul is continuing the family business.

The Los Angeles-based bassist is one of world's top session musicians.

Now 49-years-old, Paul got his big break back in 1991 on Irish film The Commitments.

Pumping out the bass on tracks like 'Mustang Sally', the Dubliner ended up as the film's musical director. He finished the soundtrack in the Hollywood Hills.

"I remember Alan Parker, who directed the film, saying to me, 'Why go back to the rain? Why not give it a go out here?'" Paul said.

Not long after serving his time playing in The Baggot Inn, the musician found himself backing everyone from Elton John to Phil Collins.

Two decades later, he's still in demand by the likes of Shakira, Michael Buble, Miley Cyrus, Ozzy Osbourne and Ron Sexsmith.

"Mum was always very proud," said Paul, whose dad Tony is also a talented multi-instrumentalist. Last month, Paul once again resumed his duties as musical director of The Commitments for their 20th anniversary tour around Ireland.

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