The Paul McKenna Band

Music |
30th September 2023

Doors 7.30pm | Tickets £15.50 | Theatre

One of a string of Celtic-inspired folk gigs taking place this autumn at Brewery Arts, we welcome The Paul McKenna Band to our stage.

Formed in Glasgow in 2006, The Paul McKenna Band came together through a combined love of traditional music and an ambition to carry that music forward using original compositions.

Since their formation, they’ve cultivated a sound that is unmistakably Scottish. Their harmonies touch the soul, blending the age-old traditions of Celtic storytelling with contemporary flair. Paul has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.

Paul and his band, comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion), draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded authors.

Their debut album, “Between Two Worlds,” was released in 2009 and received critical acclaim, earning them the Best Up and Coming Artist award at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Paul was awarded the Scots Singer of The Year title at the same awards ceremony in 2012.

Performance highlights over recent years include Edmonton Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Celtic Connections.

“The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” New York Times

“The best band of their generation” The Living Tradition

“A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years” Fatea Magazine

“One of Scotland’s most eloquently expressive vocalists and songwriters” Celtic Connections

“Expertly crafted songs” The Guardian


30th September 2023

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