What an AMAZING start to 2016 – Paula’s original song “O My Blue Eyed One” is nominated as Track/Song of the Year 2015 by the prestigious and highly respected FATEA Annual Awards. The awards are nominated by the Fatea team and recognise excellence over 2015. The winners of the FATEA Awards will be announced during a two hour radio special, this year hosted by Blues & Roots Radio
Download “O My Blue Eyed One” here:
See the fantastically talented array of nominees for Fatea Awards 2015 here:
Listen to the Along The Tracks – Fatea Awards 2015 – radio show here:
To raise funds for the wonderful work of The Wilberforce Trust charity providing help and support for people with sight loss, Paula’s specially composed song entitled, “Vision” was released by the trust in December. It is available on CD from the Wilberforce Trust and also can be downloaded from the Trust’s website at the following link – all proceeds go to the Wilberforce Trust. Please support a great cause by downloading the song.
“O MY BLUE EYED” – PAULA’S SINGLE WHICH EVOKES THE HEARTBREAKING DILEMMA OF A RELUCTANT SOLDIER TORN BETWEEN DUTY, LOYALTY AND HOME, FAMILY AND LOVE WAS RELEASED ON iTUNES AND AMAZON AND RECEIVED CONSIDERABLE CRITICAL ACCLAIM AND LOTS OF AIRPLAY
“….really powerful….what songwriting is about, making you think….” – Neil King, Fatea Magazine
“…lovely sound and so meaningful…” – Colum Sands, BBC Radio Ulster
“Gorgeous song” – Noel Casey, After Midnight, Dublin City FM Radio
“Beautiful song” – Martin Bridgeman, Folk/Roots, KCLR Radio, Kilkenny, Ireland
“…..reminds me of Tabor, which can only be a good thing” – Chris, Totally Radio
IN WHAT MUST RANK AS ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE PERFORMANCES OF PAULA’S CAREER TO DATE, PAULA PERFORMS IN THE ROLE OF WYKE IN “VOICES OF FREEDOM” – THE OPENING NIGHT SPECTACULAR OF THE FREEDOM FESTIVAL CENTRED ON THE RIVER HULL
ROUNDING OFF A REMARKABLE SUMMER IN STYLE, PAULA PERFORMS (28-31 AUGUST 2015) AT ONE OF UK’S LEADING FOLK FESTIVALS, SHREWSBURY FOLK FESTIVAL, IN CONJUNCTION WITH TOP NAMES IN FOLK, ROOTS & ACOUSTIC MUSIC (SHARON SHANNON, RICHARD THOMPSON, KATE RUSBY, STEVE KNIGHTLEY, OYSTERBAND + MORE), AND TO TOP IT ALL, PAULA PLAYS A PRIME SATURDAY EVENING PERFORMANCE ALONGSIDE THE 2015 BBC RADIO 2 FOLK GROUP OF THE YEAR THE FABULOUS YOUNG UNS!
See the full line up for Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2015 www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/line-up
EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL
-the largest arts festival in the world
Wonderful recognition for Paula’s original WW1 song “O My Blue Eyed One” which will be performed alongside compositions by world famous composers & songwriters such as Elgar , Britten , Poulenc , Ivor Novello , John Lennon in the “A Long Way To Tipperary – Songs of War and Peace” concert at one of the most significant multi-arts festivals of the Irish summer festival season Clonmel Junction Festival featuring the Clonmel Junction Festival Choir + the internationally acclaimed RTE ConTempo String Quartet + beautiful lyric soprano Gina Oberoi + prize-winning bass-baritone Kevin Neville. A real honour!
Listen to Paula’s recording of “O My Blue Eyed One” here
Brilliant News! Paula has been asked to perform the leading role in the opening night spectacular of the Hull Freedom Festival which is the flagship arts festival of the City of Culture 2017. The river Hull and the iconic Scale Lane swing bridge will provide the backdrop for the performance appropriately entitled “Voices of Freedom” and which will also feature the mass choral voices of the Hull Freedom Chorus and will be illuminated by a magnificent light show.
Delighted to announce that Paula has been invited to perform at the prestigious York Barbican venue (1500 seater) as part of a night of Irish Culture organised by the brilliant York Irish Association alongside wonderful singer/songwriter John Spillane, Irish Ambassador Dan Mulhall, the O Connor Academy of Irish Dancers, uilleann piper, Brian Stafford & fiddler, Josie Nugent
No doubt about the highlight of April for Paula – performing alongside icon and legend of Irish Music, the great
Paula was delighted to be invited to perform as part of an historic event – the first ever St Patrick’s Festival in York. What a wonderful occasion it was – a fitting celebration of our national day! Slainte!
Paula rounded off the St Patricks celebrations “Havin The Craic” at Conlans Bistro
The excitement continues with the news that Paula will, this summer, play the World’s Largest Arts Festival
which takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Paula will be performing in the award winning theSpaceUK Theatres and at Edinburgh’s renowned live music venue, the Royal Oak. See gigs page for details of Paula’s shows at the festival. OCH AYE!
Exciting start to 2015 with the news that Paula will play
alongside an array of fantastic musicians and singers including
Sharon Shannon, Kate Rusby, Richard Thompson, Oysterband, Caitrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Steve Knightley, Spooky Mens Chorale, O Hooley & Tidow, Peatbog Faeries + more
Paula was proud to be part of the launch of
as a tribute to fellow songstress and friend
which raised over £1,000
MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES
On 29 October 2014 plays in
home to the renowned flute player with
as part of
THE ACOUSTIC YARD SINGER/SONGWRITER SESSIONS
which hosts some of the finest singer/songwriters from Ireland
TO CELEBRATE THE TIPPERARY HURLING TEAM REACHING THE ALL IRELAND HURLING FINAL, PAULA WROTE A NEW SPORTS ANTHEM CELEBRATING THE GREAT HISTORY OF THE GAA IN TIPPERARY
“RAISE OUR VOICE”
ORIGINAL PEACE SONG AWARD
Paula’s original song “Raise Our Voice” was the #WINNER of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Peace Song 2014 competition. Given that Shrewsbury Folk Festival is one of the Guardian Music’s recommended Folk and World Music Festivals which features some of the most amazing Folk and World musicians and singers, it was a major HONOUR for Paula that her song was chosen as the Song of Peace in this year of the centenary of WW1 (supposedly but sadly not, the “war to end all wars”).
PAULA’S WAS SO PROUD TO BE SELECTED TO PERFORM, IN HER OWN HOME COUNTY OF TIPPERARY, HER ORIGINAL, INSPIRING & UPLIFTING FREEDOM SONG
“RAISE OUR VOICE”
TIPPERARY INTERNATIONAL SONG OF PEACE 2014
as part of the
ANNUAL TIPPERARY PEACE CONVENTION.
The Tipperary Peace Convention was instituted with the aim to promote the concept of peace through music and discussion. Each year the Tipperary Peace Convention nominates a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to peace making to receive the Tipperary Peace Award. Previous recipients of the award have included such inspiring recipients as Nelson Mandela and Malala Yousafzai.
Listen to Raise Your Voice here:
TO MARK THE TOUR DE FRANCE IN YORKSHIRE, PAULA TOOK PART IN THE FIRST EVER YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL 2014, WHICH CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF ARTISTS AND PUBLIC ALIKE, ATTRACTING OVER 750,000 PEOPLE TO 1,400 PERFORMANCES OF THE HEADLINE EVENTS, WHICH INVOLVED 7,000 PARTICIPANTS AND TOOK PLACE IN THE 100 DAYS RUNNING UP TO THE GRADN DEPART IN YORKSHIRE.
PAULA MADE HER OWN VERY SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE OCCASION WITH HER ORIGINAL SONG IN ENGLISH AND FRENCH, CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY OF YORKSHIRE
“ENGLAND’S GREEN HEARTLAND / COEUR VERDANT D’ANGLETERRE”.
Listen to “England’s Green Heartland / Coeur Verdant d’Angleterre” here:
PAULA WAS HONOURED TO BE INVITED TO DO SUPPORT FOR THE UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL SINGER AND PERFORMER
AT SOURCE ARTS CENTRE, THURLES
PAULA WAS HONOURED TO BE INVITED TO DO SUPPORT FOR IRISH SINGING SENSATION
AT HANGAR FARM ARTS CENTRE, TOTTON
SPECIALLY FOR THE BBC RADIO 2 CECIL SHARP COLLECTION, PAULA RECORDED TRADITIONAL SONG BARBARA ELLEN
Listen to Paula’s recording of Barbara Ellen here:
Read all about the BBC Radio 2 Cecil Sharp Collection here:
PAULA’S RECENTLY COMPOSED SONG IN IRISH/GAELIC
IS SELECTED AS A FINALIST IN THE PAN CELTIC IRISH NATIONAL SONG CONTEST 2014
Listen to Suantraí Donnacha here:
Listen to the English version of the song Donnacha’s Lullaby here:
PAULA WAS PRIVILEGED TO PERFORM AT THE OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL
THROUGH MUSIC, POETRY, FILM AND OTHER ARTS AND MEDIA THE FESTIVAL ATTRACTS DIVERSE AUDIENCES TO ITS EVENTS AND THEREBY RAISES AWARENESS ABOUT A WIDE RANGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Paula’s songwriting contribution to raising awareness is perhaps best exemplified by her song “Our So-Called Civilised World” which decries all discrimination and pleads for greater tolerance across the world
WHAT A LOVELY WAY TO KICK OFF 2014!
SONGWRITING/VOICE PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
TRANSITION YEAR STUDENTS AT THE PRESENTATION SCHOOL
LIMERICK – THE NATIONAL CITY OF CULTURE 2014
and then on to
SHANNONSIDE WINTER MUSIC WEEKEND
SIXMILEBRIDGE, Co. CLARE
THE WORLD HAS LOST ITS GREATEST TRUE HERO!
MADIBA YOUR LIKES WILL NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN!
“It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world and at peace with myself” – Nelson Mandela
Listen to my tribute in song here
(The song received substantial airplay including Radio Warwickshire, Roots Music Radio, JosieJo Radio, and Bishop FM to mark the great man’s passing)
So enjoying my musical collaborations with two superb musicians/singers/songwriters Ranjani Mahesh and Ali Bullivent. Love the original and truly “global” nature of the sound we create together which features some really interesting and unusual instruments (Veena, Marimba) and is a real fusion of Indian, Celtic, and contemporary sounds.
Check it out at
It was definitely an INTERNATIONAL, INCLUSIVE & INSPIRATIONAL weekend for Paula playing at MUSICPORT in the lovely port of Whitby. MUSICPORT is the UK’s largest indoor World Music Festival which has established itself as a presitigious event in the festival calendar and attracts world music stars from across the globe (Toumani Diabate, Levellers, Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, Hugh Masekela, Chumbawamba, Altan, Mory Kante, Osibisa etc.).
A wonderfully busy weekend for Paula with 2 solo performances + mcing the open mic showcases each day and a extra performance on the Sunday with Ranjan Maheesh + Ali Sallison as part of ‘Pendant World’. A MAD, MULTICULTURAL, MUSICAL MELTING POT OF SINGERS AND MUSICIANS FROM NEAR AND FAR – Paula couldn’t have felt more at home!!!!!!
While hosting the Open Mic competition and MCing on the Village Stage, Paula witnessed some absolutely amazing musical collaborations at Shrewsbury Folk Festival!
“The Pale Moon was rising….” when Paula performed at the world renowned Rose of Tralee Festival in Kerry. The music on the AAA Acoustic Stage in the Mall was fab and Denny Street was heaving!
Paula performs as part of FESTIVAL CLUAIN MEALA & CLONMEL BUSKING FESTIVAL against the magnificent backdrop of Clonmel’s Medieval Walls! Clonmel has never looked and sounded so FESTIVE!
A night of great music, fun and laughter guaranteed at Reeth Memorial Hall on 12/07/2013 when Paula supports wonderful singer and hilarious entertainer Vin Garbutt! Great Songs & Great Craic!
Paula will be singing live on BBC Radio Leeds – Sunday 2nd June 2013 on the Folk & Roots show with the Durbervilles as part of a preview of the City of York Weekend Folk Festival!
Festival season is upon us and Paula will be perpetuating the festival spirit performing at:
Filey Folk Festival
Cottingham Springboard Festival
Festival on the Moor
City Of York Weekend Folk Festival
with gigs at places such as the Kenyon Bar, Nenagh, Co. Tipp, and an appearance with Soundsphere at the Roundhouse, London thrown in for good measure….and that only takes us to mid June!
The highlight for Paula for May, most definitely – Songwriting workshop and fabulous House Concert with the songwriting genius that is BOO HEWERDINE on Saturday 18 May 2013 at Bielby, nr. Pocklington. INSPIRATIONAL!
Paula will be live on air with Jim Keane on Tipp Mid West Radio singing some songs and chatting about songwriting, singing, performing etc. – Wed. 24/04/2013 9pm Tune in at www.tippmidwestradio.com
Paula celebrated St Patrick’s Day 17/03/2013 playing support for iconic Irish Musician
What a way to celebrate Paddy’s Day! Slainte!