The Paul McKenna Band

The Paul McKenna Band, who were named “the best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years” by The New York Times, will take to the stage at CatStrand, New Galloway, on Saturday 12th of February 2022 .

The Scottish/Irish traditional group will play a string of dates across the UK in February 2022 for the first time since before the pandemic. The tour includes dates from 2020 and 2021 that had to be rescheduled due to COVID restrictions.

The band is made up of Paul McKenna (singer/songwriter), Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion).

The group, dubbed as “the best band of their generation” by The Living Tradition, draw on their Scottish and Irish roots, with a dynamic and full-bodied catalogue of original and traditional material and are itching to get back on the road again.

Paul McKenna is known as one of the most talented young singer songwriters in Scotland and is often likened to the great Dick Gaughan for his powerful yet emotive voice and passionate social conscience. He was also a featured artist at the world renowned Transatlantic Sessions in 2019.

In 2019, the band released their fourth studio album Breathe, showcasing Paul’s development as a songwriter and expanding on the group’s unique sound with added instrumentation.

The five-piece show no signs of slowing down and were described as “a band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years” by Fatea Magazine.

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