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Ryan Reaches Final Of Pan Celtic Contest
Paula Ryan, a singer-songwriter and musician from Gormanstown near Ardfinnan, with her song ‘Havin’ The Craic (Rira, Gleo agus Raic)!’, has won through to the final of the Pan Celtic National Song Contest which will be held in Carlow on Thursday, February 7th.
It is a great achievement for Paula to be a finalist in this prestigious national song contest to find a song to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Festival. The festival is a wonderful cultural gathering with representatives from all the Celtic nations including Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.
To reach the final Paula had to compose a new song with original tune and lyrics in Irish. Paula’s song is a lively song in the true tradition of fun-loving Irish party songs and can be heard on Paula’s website paularyan.co.
Pan Celtic Irish National Song Contest Programme
Paula is interviewed for the York Flyer by editor Brian McCusker – December 2012
Paula talks to RTE presenter DAITHI O SE
before performing at the
Pan Celtic Song Contest
“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
“Paula’s song ‘Our So-Called Civilised World’…the arrangement is superb and the vocals brilliant…an excellent song…5 stars” - Stan Graham, Broadcaster (BBC Radio York, Phoenix Radio), 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, Broadcaster, Nemeton TV, Dungarvan, Ireland
“Listening to Paulas 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, Broadcaster, BBC Radio York
“I loved your wonderful music and look forward to having you back again” – Carolyn Ford, Organiser, St Patricks Festival, Dublin, Pennsylvania, USA
“I enjoyed listening to your songs. You produce some interesting arrangements” - Alan Bell, Director, Fylde Folk Festival
“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