Paul McKenna



“Paul McKenna is a gifted song writer” Folk Radio UK
“Paul’s vehement vocal is strikingly distinctive and intense” fRoots Magazine
“Highly expressive and readily identifiable voice..McKenna delivers perfectly” Folk Words

His controlled vibrato, tinged with Scottish brogue, is finished with the malt tone of a well travelled bard. When he begins to sing, we are all lost; forgetting ourselves in the lore.

As far as folk singers go, this man is the salt.

Glasgow has become the unofficial seat of the Scottish folk music renaissance; echoing across the moors, collecting stories from Hebrides to the borders. Composers like McKenna are journaling a frantic time of political change, in a country often stalwart but consistently overlooked for independence. Referendums. Brexit. There is change coming fast and with that, uncertainty…but always music.

The result is a generation of young songwriters blending traditional music with contemporary concerns for what is to come. Paul McKenna is at the forefront of this burgeoning genre; a master folk guitarist his empathy for Scotland and conviction for the characters, is spot on in every lyric.

Alumni at some of the worlds finest festivals (Edmonton Folk Fest, Tonder, Cambridge Folk Fest), he has toured Germany, England, Belgium, Australia, USA, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark extensively since 2006. In rotation on BBC Radio 2, BBC Alba, STV he has enjoyed wide acceptance in his native UK.

Irish immigrants on both sides of McKenna’s family made their way to Scotland in the early fifties, desperately searching for work for large families. From Donegal and Mayo, they landed in Glasgow and brought with them singers, players and songs that would mark Paul for what was to come. Interestingly, he would perform outside the home for years, before he would join the circle of kin; the hardest jury of all. By then he was ready. Armed with a degree in Scottish traditional music from The Royal Conservatory in Glasgow, a satchel of Irish scores and a new voice for Scotland, he was ready to write their stories along with his own.

Named Scots Singer of the Year in 2012 at The Scots Traditional Music Awards, Paul’s accolades continue to elevate him and his 4 albums blocked with well crafted tales of a people who centuries later are still seeking freedom.

McKenna will be touring Canada and USA extensively in 2017. Please contact his North American agents for details in each market.