Bands for Hire ~ Irish Folk

Paul McKenna Band

Irish Folk

“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. 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 new album, titled ‘Elements’, out now on Greentrax Records. Concert highlights over the last few years include performances at Celtic Connections Glasgow, The Cambridge Folk Festival England, Tonder Festival Denmark, Milwaukee Irish Festival USA and Edmonton Folk Festival Canada. In 2015 the band will play at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida representing Scotland at Epcot Centre. 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. The Paul McKenna Band are: Paul McKenna – Vocals, Guitar and Bouzouki Sean Gray – Flute, Whistles, Guitar and Vocals Ewan Baird – Bodhran, Cajon and Vocals Conor Markey – Banjo, Bouzouki and Vocals Jack Smedley – Fiddle and Vocals

John & Tyler Weed

Irish Folk

John Weed, fiddler for Molly`s Revenge, One Lane Bridge, and Little Black Train, is immersed in various fiddle styles. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He has honed his skills since, attending the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he studied with Ciaran O`Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin. Having an affinity for American fiddle styles, bluegrass and old time, John explores the connection between Irish, Scottish, and old time fiddle. John will be joined by his son, guitar player Tyler Weed. Tyler has been steeped in several folk traditions, and has grown up having these traditions passed down to him. His playing is characterized by fluent timing and an intuitive sense of backing fiddle tunes.