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Paul McKenna and Brielle Ansems

Trailside Music Cafe' & Inn
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Paul McKenna

Brielle Ansems

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Trailside Music Cafe' Inn

109 Main St.

Mount Stewart, PE C0A 1T0

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“Paul McKenna is a gifted song writer” Folk Radio UK. “Paul’s vehement vocal is strikingly distinctive and intense” fRoots Magazine

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His controlled vibrato, tinged with Scottish brogue, is that of a well travelled bard.

As far as folk singers go, this man is the salt.

Glasgow has become the unofficial seat of the Scottish folk music renaissance; echoing across the moors, collecting stories from Hebrides to the borders. Composers like McKenna are journaling a frantic time of political change, in a country often stalwart but consistently overlooked for independence. Referendums. Brexit. There is change coming fast and with that, uncertainty…but always music.

The result is a generation of young songwriters blending traditional music with contemporary concerns for what is to come. Paul McKenna is at the forefront of this burgeoning genre; a master folk guitarist his empathy for Scotland and conviction for the characters, is spot on in every lyric.

Alumni at some of the worlds finest festivals (Edmonton Folk Fest, Tonder, Cambridge Folk Fest), he has toured Germany, England, Belgium, Australia, USA, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark extensively since 2006. In rotation on BBC Radio 2, BBC Alba, STV he has enjoyed wide acceptance in his native UK.

Irish immigrants on both sides of McKenna’s family made their way to Scotland in the early fifties, desperately searching for work for large families. From Donegal and Mayo, they landed in Glasgow and brought with them singers, players and songs that would mark Paul for what was to come. Interestingly, he would perform outside the home for years, before he would join the circle of kin; the hardest jury of all. By then he was ready. Armed with a degree in Scottish traditional music from The Royal Conservatory in Glasgow, a satchel of Irish scores and a new voice for Scotland, he was ready to write their stories along with his own.

Named Scots Singer of the Year in 2012 at The Scots Traditional Music Awards, Paul’s accolades continue to elevate him and his 4 albums blocked with well crafted tales of a people who centuries later are still seeking freedom. His 2019 release “Breathe” will be available soon in Canada.

Brielle Ansems

Born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Montague, PEI, Brielle has grown up with music on her lips and a creativity fostered by the Island’s artistic community. Now a Charlottetown based singer-songwriter and actor, Brielle fuses folk with pop and r&b influences to create an emotionally charged, poetic experience for her audiences. Notable performances have included both opening for and sharing the stage with the likes of Ben Caplan, Liam Corcoran, Tim Chaisson, Matthew Barber, and Adyn Townes. She graduates this spring from the Holland College School of Performing Arts Theatre Performance program, and her debut album, This New Hurricane, will be released this summer.

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Paul McKenna

Brielle Ansems

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Trailside Music Cafe' Inn

109 Main St.

Mount Stewart, PE C0A 1T0

Canada

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