Paula Ryan – Singer-Songwriter & Gaelic “Funkstress!”
Paula is a compelling SINGER-SONGWRITER, born and bred in Tipperary, Ireland, whose POWERFUL, insightful songs are inspired by the LYRICISM and musical PASSION of her Irish Gaelic ROOTS & driven by the FUNKY rhythmic influences and “WACKY” instruments of music from other cultures.
To accompany her songs, Paula plays Marimba/Tongue Drum, Guitar and a variety of percussion instruments including Bodhran, Djembe and Darabuka.
Paula has performed her songs on radio and TV in the UK (BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Leeds, Radio Warwickshire, Bishop FM, Roots Music Radio, JosieJo Radio Show, WFM Radio in Manchester, BCB 106.6 Bradford), Ireland (Tipp FM, Tipperary Mid West FM) and the USA (Channel 10 TV, Princeton).
Paula has had considerable success in some of America’s biggest song contests.
In 2007, Paula’s song ‘The Red Rose’ received an Honor Award from the Great American Song Contest.
In 2008, another of Paula’s song ‘The Faintest Touch’ received a further Honor Award from the Great American Song Contest.
In 2006, Paula was a finalist in one of Ireland’s leading song contests – the Clonmel National Song Contest with her song ‘THE FAINTEST TOUCH’
In performance, Paula charms and beguiles audiences with:
SHEER DELIGHT IN MUSIC-MAKING, UNMISTAKEABLE JOY OF SINGING, POTENT, THOUGHT PROVOKING LYRICS, and lively CELTIC WIT & HUMOUR!