The Paul McKenna Band

Celtic Folk

The Paul McKenna Band “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) 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 (UK) and Compass Records (USA) With a contemporary approach to songs, though never straying 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 with dynamic bodhrán and percussion. 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. 2016 will see the band celebrate their 10th Anniversary with tours confirmed in Australia, North America and Europe. As well as extensive touring next year will also see the release of a special EP to coincide with the celebrations. Accolades Awards • Best Up and Coming Artist 2009 - MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards • Scots Singer of the Year (Paul McKenna) 2012 - MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards Nominations • Folk Band of the Year (2011,2012,2013) - MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards Paul McKenna Widely tipped for future stardom, the young Glasgow singer, songwriter and guitarist Paul McKenna cites Paul Brady, Dick Gaughan and Led Zeppelin as equal influences on his potent original compositions. The band continues to increase their reputation as one of the finest young song-based outfits on today’s Scottish folk scene and have released 3 albums on Greentrax Records. Paul was named Scots Singer of the Year in 2012 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and The Paul McKenna Band have been nominated for Folk Band of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Sean Gray Seán Gray is a flute and guitar player as well as a composer from Ayrshire in the South West of Scotland. He is a highly sought after session musician playing with acts such as The Treacherous Orchestra, Mike Vass and James Duncan McKenzie . In more recent times Seán has also come to wooden flute making, learning from the master flute and whistle maker George Ormiston of Lanarkshire, Scotland. Ewan Baird Ayrshire born percussionist Ewan Baird comes from a family long involved in the folk scene. A renowned percussionist known for his innovative and explosive approach to the Bodhran and Cajon. Ewan has made an appearance on the US TV series Outlander, performed with the successful Edinburgh fringe show `this is ceilidh` and played on the Outside Track’s ‘Flash Company’. When not touring the world with The Paul McKenna Band, Ewan is a long time member of one of Scotland’s most in demand ceilidh bands, The Jim Jam Ceilidh Band. Conor Markey Conor Markey is a singer,banjo, guitar, bouzouki and mandolin player from the town of Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. His strong Irish roots fostered a connection to not only the people and culture but to traditional music from a young age. He began learning and playing at the St Patrick’s Comhaltas branch in his hometown and spent many years as a young player travelling to fleadhs and festivals where he competed and played alongside musicians from all over Ireland and beyond, honing his skills and deepening his love for the music. More recently Conor has been touring in Scotland and further afield with Glasgow Irish Folk/Rock band ‘The Wakes’ as well as performing in a duo with Gerard McNeill of the Belfast folk and ballad group ‘The Raparees. He has played alongside acclaimed artists such as Damien Dempsey, Declan Sinnott and James. Jack Smedley Jack is one of the Scottish folk scene’s finest young fiddle players. He was brought up in Cullen, on the Banffshire coast of North-East Scotland. For as long as he can remember Jack has maintained a love of folk music from the world over. Attending local festivals and playing with local fiddle groups and at sessions let to attending The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2008 Known for his energetic and versatile playing Jack he was recognized as a finalist at the 2009 Young Traditional Musician of The Year awards. Outside of the band Jack is in huge demand as a fiddle tutor and runs an annual fiddle week in Fochabers in April.