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The Paul McKenna BandThe Paul McKenna Band
Album: Paths That Wind
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 10

With a flurry of more mundane post there it was the white padded envelope that contained this wonderful offering from The Paul McKenna Band. Now I will be honest with you all this is the first time I have come across them and wow what a way to be introduced to them. Paul McKenna has a very distinct and unique vocal style which blends beautifully with strong guitar and fiddle playing on the album.

From the very start my foot was tapping and my head swaying in time to the music filling my house. It is very much traditional in style with fast fiddle playing strong guitar chords mix on songs such as Mistaken Instruments, a track that I guarantee will have you nodding along to.Coupled with more melodic songs such as He Fades Away which tells the story of a man in his fifties who is suffering from chest and breathing problems brought on by working all his life down the mines.

Other tracks on the album deal with subjects such as doubt and indecision with the song Tipping point. To the raise of extremism in their arrangement of the Peggy Seeger song Song of Choice which is as relevant today as it was when it was written.

The full track listing on this wonderful album is as follows 1) Long Day 2) The Banks Of The Moy 3) Mistaken Instruments 4) He Fades Away 5) Tipping Point 6) Song Of Choice 7) One More Time 8) The Dream 9) Greylag Geese 10) Dogging The Weather. Even though not all the tracks have been written by themselves they have all been arranged to fit with the band's style of playing.

Right time to make my conclusions. On the basis of this offering I can quite see how and why Paul and the band have received accolades such as Best Up and Coming Artist 2009 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards as well as Scots Singer of the Year 2012 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards to name but two. I am going to give one more personal accolade from me by placing the CD in my multiplayer in the car along side the more rocky music that I listen to.

So finally all I have to say is buy this CD when it is released in April, you just have to.

Andy Chamberlain.