Fatea Magazine Review of Stem the Tide

“Stem The Tide” is a geography lesson, history lesson and a lesson in political science rolled into one and given a really good shake. Add some bitterness, anger and unrestrained passion and you’ve got an album with the potential to really explode into life and it does. The Paul McKenna Band are fulfilling the prophecies that were written when they … Read More

fRoots Review Stem The Tide

These young rising stars were voted ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the 2009 Scots Trad Awards, and now their confident second CD fully delivers on their earlier promise. The album contains Scottish and Irish traditional songs and tunes plus some original compositions by Ewan MacColl, Tim O’Brien, Lionel McClelland and band members Paul McKenna, Seán Gray and … Read More

Live Review Edinburgh Folk Club ****

One act’s loss is another’s gain. With Canada’s David Francey – originally booked for this Edinburgh Folk Club date – having postponed his UK tour until next year, there was something pleasingly karmic about the Paul McKenna Band stepping in as a substitute, after their own gig here was cancelled amid last winter’s snow. Working at the helm of his … Read More

R2 (Rock n Reel) Review – Stem The Tide ****

If Paul McKenna Band’s release, Between two Worlds, announced the arrival of a major new group on the Scottish traditional music scene, then this accomplished follow-up should seal their reputation as one of the most exciting outfits currently performing. Stem The Tide has all the elements in place, with great songs, brilliant musicianship, a charismatic vocal performance and, most importantly, … Read More

Taplas Magazine Review Stem The Tide

Two years ago this band won an up and coming artist of the year award for their debut album. Paul McKenna (guitar), David McNee (bouzouki), Ruairidh McMillan (fiddle), Seán Gray (flute, whistles) and Ewan Baird (bodhran), have again produced a cracking collection of traditional tunes and songs set against much new writing, mainly by the band themselves. They open with … Read More

The Scotsman *** Stem The Tide Review

THE second album from this energetic young band boasts drive and panache, with McKenna demonstrating his ability to really tell a song’s story in the opening Again for Greenland, over a characteristically busy string-driven accompaniment. He goes on to deliver the late Lionel McClelland’s Silent Majority with suitably declamatory passion, while the band get the chance to cut loose on … Read More