General Reviews

Performance Reviews

Paula With Bodhran

Press & Online Reviews

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

“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 Tipperary Today Newspaper

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

Radio Reviews

“Brilliant work! Absolutely love it.”
John Spillane – ‘An Fánaí’, TG4 TV / Renowned Irish Songwriter

“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

“Great songwriting.”
Jeremy Buxton – BBC Radio York

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

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

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

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

“… 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 & Roots Radio, Canada

“Paula’s song ‘Our So-Called Civilised World’… the arrangement is superb and the vocals brilliant… an excellent song… 5 stars.”
Stan Graham – BBC Radio York, Phoenix Radio – Broadcaster / 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 – Nemeton TV, Dungarvan, Ireland

“Listening to Paula’s 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 – BBC Radio York

Paula With Bodhran

Event Organiser Reviews

Paula In Sunglasses

“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

“I loved your wonderful music and look forward to having you back again.”
Carolyn Ford – Organiser, St. Patrick’s 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

“Such interesting arrangements…”
Alan Bell – Fylde Folk Festival

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