The Paul McKenna Band are quick rising stars in the Scottish/Irish traditional scene, going from strength to strength, touring extensively throughout the UK, USA, Canada and Europe and now releasing their 4th studio album ELEMENTS on August 27th. With a contemporary approach to songs, although no... more
“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)
Since being awarded the title of “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009″ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, The Paul McKenna Band have gone from strength to strength touring extensively throughout USA, Canada and Europe. In 2012 Paul was named "Scots Singer of the Year" and the band nominated for "Folk Band of the Year" at the same awards ceremony.
Combining their love for Folk and Traditional music, as well as original songs and tunes; The Paul McKenna Band from Scotland has been captivating audiences with live performances of their potent original compositions and arrangements at both home and abroad.
Concert highlights of 2012 include performances at The Edmonton Folk Festival Canada, Celtic Connections Glasgow, Summerfolk Canada and Fylde Folk Festival England. 2013 began with a sold out show at the world famous Celtic Connections in Glasgow and with a new album being released in the summer the band will be returning to Austria for their second tour there as well as dates in North America and the UK.
With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding Vocals, driving Guitar and Bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.