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The Paul McKenna Band play Gairloch and Plockton in February

By Margaret Chrystall

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The Paul McKenna Band – named “best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last 20 years” by The New York Times – will play Gairloch Hall on Tuesday, February 15 and Plockton Village Hall on Wednesday February 16.

The Paul McKenna Band.
The Paul McKenna Band.

The Scottish/Irish traditional group will play nine dates across the UK next month for the first time since before the pandemic.

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

Called “the best band of their generation” by The Living Tradition magazine, they play both original and traditional material.

As an alumni of Plockton Music School, Conal McDonagh is looking forward to returning to Plockton.Paul McKenna is known as a talented young singer songwriter and is often likened to the late Scottish folk singer Dick Gaughan for his powerful yet emotive voice and passionate social conscience.

He said: “We’re so pleased to be hitting the road again after all the plans that were put on hold due to the pandemic over the last couple years and we can’t wait to return.

He said: "The tour covers venues old and new as we prepare to get back to more regular live performances, with a focus on home. We’re really looking forward to getting out there and performing, it will be so great to connect with our fans and put on some really great shows.”

The February 2022 tour includes dates in Peebles, Aberdeen, Castle Douglas, Shipley, Gairloch, Plockton, Stirling, Cockermouth and Sheffield.

Tickets: www.paulmckennaband.com/tour

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