From Carrick Gazette

If the concert at the Catholic Hall was anything to judge by, this year’s festival has been truly inspiring.

Girvan regular Sean Donnelly and newcomers The Paul McKenna Band were among the line up of immensely gifted singer songwriters on stage Saturday night.

Sean’s velvety voice and gentle guitar accompaniment, interspersed with stories and humour, kept the audience riveted.

As for the Paul McKenna Band, lead singer Pauls vocals were as mesmerising as his name suggests.

His lush vibrato conveys a depth of emotion reminiscent of American artist Tracy Chapman.

Instrumentally, the group consists of Paul on guitar, with flute, fiddle, bouzouki and bodhran.

Fiddler Ruairidh’s relaxed style made his virtuoso playing look easy, red tassel swinging from the neck of his violin to indicate that he’d studied with the master fiddler Aonghas Grant from Lochaber.

This is a young group, all in their early twenties, but they play with maturity, passion and their own blend of folk and contemporary, as well as technical ability.

Hugh Taylor, who runs the Moniaive Folk festival, is a big fan of the up and coming band, and told the Gazette that they have just been signed to Greentrax, the UK’s premier folk and celtic label.

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