Paul McKenna duo at Montrose Folk Club

The Paul Mckennaband in hillhead bookclub posed for Drew John Barnes
The Paul Mckennaband in hillhead bookclub posed for Drew John Barnes

The guests at Montrose Folk Club’s final concert of the 2013 season at the Links Hotel in the town will be Paul McKenna and Sean Gray.

The Paul McKenna Band has been described by The New York Times as “the best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last 20 years”.

They have also been described by The Living Tradition Magazine as “the best band of their generation”. The band tours regularly in both the USA and continental Europe.

Taking a break from touring, two members of the band will be performing a duo gig at Montrose Folk Club. The leader and singer of the band, Paul McKenna himself, who also plays guitar and bouzouki, will be appearing together with another band member, Sean Gray, on flute, whistle, guitar and vocals.

Since being awarded the title of “Best Up and Coming Artist of 2009” at the Scottish Trad Music Awards, the Paul McKenna Band has gone from strength to strength, touring extensively throughout USA, Canada and Europe. Paul McKenna himself won the award as Scottish Singer of the Year at the most recent Scottish Trad Music Awards.

Combining their love for folk and traditional music, as well as original songs and tunes, the Paul McKenna Band have been captivating audiences with live performances of their new album entitled “Terror Time” released on Greentrax Records.

The band will start 2014 with a headline performance at the Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, before setting out for a month long tour of the USA and Canada.

With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, the arrangements of the material performed by Paul McKenna and his band are both fresh and innovative.

As a duo, Paul and Sean showcase the entire repertoire of the band combining their love for contemporary folk and traditional music, with original songs and tunes.

The concert on Tuesday, December 10 will be the final occasion upon which Montrose Folk club meets on a Tuesday evening.

Due to the alterations which are to take place at the Links Hotel, the club will be moving to Thursday evenings in 2014.

Everyone is welcome to the Links Hotel next Tuesday for an evening of great music and song to bring to a fitting conclusion to the Tuesday period of Montrose Folk Club.

The doors at the Links Hotel will be open at 7.30 p.m. with Paul McKenna and Sean Gray on stage at 8 p.m.

Montrose Folk Club has been running since 1984 and is one of the oldest venues for folk music in Scotland.

It presents regular folk music concerts every second Tuesday evening throughout the year (now to be held on a Thursday evening), with occasional extra concerts and short breaks in July and at the festive season.

The programme is aimed at bringing a wide spectrum of popular and acoustic music to its members and visitors alike. The foundation is mainstream folk music, both traditional and contemporary, and it also stages blues performers, bluegrass concerts, new country music and contemporary songwriters.

The club has played host to all the best known names on the Scottish folk music scene as well as touring folk musicians from all over the world. The club is a great place to enjoy listening to folk music and sometimes there are opportunities to take part as a guest. It’s a relaxed, friendly environment and normally there is a chance to chat to the artists. You don’t have to be a member to attend, everyone will be made most welcome.