Classic Rock Society Magazine PR Album Let Me Fly Review



“Let Me Fly is an album of beauty and attraction, the Gaelic voice haunting the imagination and one that has truth within its soul” – Ian D Hall



Irish Music Magazine Review of Let Me Fly


“….really powerful….what songwriting is about, making you think” – Neil King, Fatea Magazine


“Brilliant work! Absolutely love it” – John Spillane, An Fánaí, Broadcaster on TG4 TV Channel, Ireland & Renowned Irish Songwriter


“Paula is a unique and powerful performer….her songs are sung from the heart…lovely sound and so meaningful” – Colum Sands, BBC Radio Ulster & Highly Respected Northern Irish Songwriter & Member of The Sands Family


“WOW… a cover like I’ve never heard before… that was absolutely magnificent” – Jericho Keys BBC Introducting – comment on Paula Ryan’s version of the Killers song “Human”


Brilliant Talent of Paula Ryan – brilliant songwriter and performer – Elly Fiorentini, BBC Radio York


“….I love originality and Paula’s songs have it in droves…” – Ian Freedman, Readifolk Radio


“Paula’s songs have also received considerable critical acclaim. Paula’s song ‘The Red Rose’ and “The Faintest Touch” have received Honor Awards from the Great American Song Contest. Paula’s songs in Irish “Havin The Craic” and “Suantrai Donnacha” have featured in the Pan Celtic Irish National Song Contest. Most recently Paula’s peace anthem entitled “Raise Your Voice” featured in the Tipperary Song of Peace Contest” and was selected as the best Peace Song at one of the UK’s largest folk festivals – Shrewsbury Folk Festival.” – Tipperary Times Newspaper


“Paula Ryan is a singer/songwriter who has won international acclaim and awards. There is a robust Irish Gaelic root to her music which has been nurtured into a mighty fine tree that branches into many musical genres” – York Flyer Newspaper


Paula has performed her songs not only in Ireland but also in Scotland, England, France, Germany, USA and as part of a very interesting musical project in Tanzania and Kenya. – South Tipp Today Newspaper


“….great achievement for Paula….. finalist in prestigious Pan Celtic Irish National Song Contest – Tipperary Star Newspaper


Celtic Singer/Songwriter Paula Ryan performs two shows this weekend at the largest arts festival in the world – Edinburgh Fringe Festival – York Press Newspaper


“Great songwriting” – Jeremy Buxton, BBC Radio York


“…..reminds me of Tabor, which can only be a good thing” – Chris, Totally Radio


“…moving songs that probe the heart…“ – Phil at FOLKCAST


“..such interesting arrangements…” – Alan Bell, Fylde Folk Festival


“Gorgeous music” – Noel Casey, After Midnight, Dublin City FM Radio


“She’s making fine fine music” – Martin Bridgeman, Folk/Roots, KCLR Radio, Kilkenny, Ireland


“Use of different instruments like the Marimba give the songs a unique and beautiful flavour” – Jim Keane, Arts & Culture show, Tipp Mid West FM radio


“…powerful songs…… lovely voice” – John Mackenzie, Maghull Community Radio


“Extremely haunting…” – Simon Howarth, The Sunday Music Show, Citybeat FM (Preston)


“Such poetic songs…” – Dr Cosmo, Princeton University Radio, New Jersey, USA


“A lovely Celtic discovery…” – Blues and Roots Radio, Canada


“Paula has infused a resonating funk to her Irish-Gaelic roots…new instruments augment the warmth of this lady’s unique and lovely vocals.”  – John Irving, Cafe Improv at the Arts Council of Princeton, New Jersey, USA


“Paula’s song ‘Our So-Called Civilised World’…the arrangement is superb and the vocals brilliant…an excellent song…5 stars” – Stan Graham, Broadcaster (BBC Radio York, Phoenix Radio), Singer/Songwriter, Magpie Music


“Paula is an enthralling entertainer who beguiles audiences with her sheer delight in music making, joy in singing and a lively Celtic wit and humour” – Paul Jenkins, Broadcaster, Nemeton TV, Dungarvan, Ireland


“Listening to Paulas rendition of the tribute song to Nelson Mandela entitled Lion In A Cage with the wonderfully evocative sound of the Marimba and rich warm harmonies makes you feel like you are right there in South Africa” –  Ross Dickinson, Broadcaster, BBC Radio York


“I loved your wonderful music and look forward to having you back again” – Carolyn Ford, Organiser, St Patricks Festival, Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA


“Thank you very much for all the wonderful music you have brought to our teachers and pupils. The workshops and the final concert last Friday will remain memorable to our children as well as teachers and the surrounding community at large for a long time”- Innocent D Kessy, District Ward Officer, Moshi, Tanzania


“I totally fell in love with the music of Paula Ryan…a very talented singer/songwriter.  One of the songs she sang in Gaelic, ‘Havin The Craic!’ was amazing…my new favourite song” – Laura, Saltaire Festival


“Thank you for a fabulous performance at our 21st Anniversary Festival” – Phillipa, Bradford Mela Festival


“Paula Ryan gave us a really great night.. Her sensitive singing of her own material is art and entertainment at its best. Her use of Bodhran and also Marimba demonstrated her clear understanding of the function of percussion in music making. ” – Keith Brown, Organiser, Morley Folk Club, UK


“Thank you for creating such a lovely atmosphere.  It was a great evening and everyone really liked your music and songs.  Many thanks for your original song in Gaelic,  I really loved that one…. It was a real pleasure to listen to you last night” – Alison Lawson, Organiser, Pickering Acoustic Music, UK



Paula has performed her songs on radio and TV in the UK (BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Foyle, Radio Warwickshire, Bishop FM, Roots Music Radio, JosieJo Radio Show, WFM Radio in Manchester, BCB 106.6 Bradford), Ireland  (Tipp FM, KCLR Kilkenny, Clare FM, Dublin City Radio, 8Radio, Highland Radio, Tipperary Mid West FM, CRY 104 FM Cork)  and the USA (Channel 10 TV, Princeton, Princeton University Radio, WYBQ Radio New York State).


21/10/2017 – BBC INTRODUCING LIVE SESSION with Jericho Keys

During Paula’s full live BBC Introducing session,  this was Jericho’s reaction to Paula’s cover of The Killers “Human” – “WOW… a cover like I’ve never heard before… that was absolutely magnificent”
06/01/2013 – ROOTS MUSIC RADIO
Paula’s  recording of “Lion In A Cage”  – A tribute to #Nelson Mandela will be featured on Roots Music Radio throughout January 2014.   I am honoured that the track, described by the Radio Station as “Beautiful #Mandela song –  Inspiring & Beautiful! Recommended!”   will be played to mark the great man’s passing.  #RIP #Madiba
Listen here:
How pleased I am that Josie has selected my recording of “Lion In A Cage” – A tribute to Nelson Mandela to feature in her exclusive JosieJo radio show.  Each week  Josie, who is a passionate supporter of independant music, picks great tunes from across many genres  from different artists/bands/musicians to inspire and delight her listeners.  It is a privilege to be part of that selection and I am honoured by Josie’s lovely comments about the recording and proud that she chose my track to open her Christmas Special show.   
Listen back here:
21/12/2013 – RADIO WARWICKSHIRE – 10.30 am
My recording of “Lion In A Cage”  – A tribute to #Nelson Mandela will be featured on the Radio Warwickshire folk show.   I am honoured that Tasmin Rosewell will use the track, which she describes as “wonderful” and “beautiful”, to close her show as a fitting way to mark the great man’s passing.   #RIP #Madiba
Listen when live on air here:
Listen back later here (final track):
21/12/2013 – BISHOP FM 105.9 – 10 am
My recording of “Lion In A Cage”  – A tribute to #Nelson Mandela will be featured on Terry Ferdinand’s show “Terry’s World on Bishop FM 105.9.  Terry is a brilliant broadcaster and presents the finest election of folk and roots music.  I’m so pleased Terry liked the track so much to include it in his Saturday show.
18/12/2013 – RADIO WARWICKSHIRE – 8 pm
My recording of “Lion In A Cage”  – A tribute to #Nelson Mandela will be featured on the Radio Warwickshire folk show.   I am honoured that Tasmin Rosewell will use the track, which she describes as “wonderful” and “beautiful”, to close her show as a fitting way to mark the great man’s passing.   #RIP #Madiba
Listen when live on air here:
Listen back later here (final track):


BBC Radio Leeds Folk and Roots Show with The Durberviles, Listen on 92.4FM, 774AM, DAB Radio and mobile.
I am excited to be a guest on BBC Radio Leeds folk show (hosted by the Durbervilles) alongside amazing organiser of the City of York Folk Weekend, Roland Walls and talented duo Stuart Giddens & Pip Jopling to do a preview of next weekend’s festival. Roland will be chatting with The Durbervilles about the weekend now in its 11th year. I’ll be singing a song or two and Stuart & Pip will be playing a tune or two as a taster for all the wonderful music to come at the Black Swan Inn from 7th-9th June.
Tune in at from 8pm Sunday 2 June 2013.


Tipp Mid West Radio, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary
Looking forward to playing live on air with brilliant broadcaster Jim Keane,  singing some original songs and chatting about songwriting, singing, performinng etc.  Tune in at




South Tipp Today Article – 7 February 2013

South Tipp Today Article


Tipperary Star Article- 31st January 2013


Ryan Reaches Final Of Pan Celtic Contest

Paula Ryan, a singer-songwriter and musician from Gormanstown near Ardfinnan, with her song ‘Havin’ The Craic (Rira, Gleo agus Raic)!’, has won through to the final of the Pan Celtic National Song Contest which will be held in Carlow on Thursday, February 7th.
It is a great achievement for Paula to be a finalist in this prestigious national song contest to find a song to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Festival. The festival is a wonderful cultural gathering with representatives from all the Celtic nations including Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.
To reach the final Paula had to compose a new song with original tune and lyrics in Irish. Paula’s song is a lively song in the true tradition of fun-loving Irish party songs and can be heard on Paula’s website


Pan Celtic Irish National Song Contest Programme




Paula is interviewed for the York Flyer by editor Brian McCusker – December 2012


York Flyer Interview

Paula talks to RTE presenter DAITHI O SE

before performing at the

Pan Celtic Song Contest

PR with Daithi O Se at Pan Celtic National Song Contest














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