“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!