Paula Ryan is a singer/songwriter, workshop facilitator and music project leader born and raised in Tipperary, Ireland.
Paula uses a variety of instruments – some standard (Guitar) – some a bit more unusual (Marimba, Bazouki, Bodhran) – to accompany original songs which are thoughtfully crafted to be powerful and insightful as well as entertaining and Paula always seems to be able to develop a real rapport with the listeners, drawing them in, to enjoy and be stimulated by the music, the songs and the stories.
Here are some examples of what critics/reviewers have said about Paula’s work:
“….really powerful….what songwriting is about, making you think” – Fatea
“Paula is a unique and powerful performer….her songs are sung from the heart…lovely sound and so meaningful” – Colum Sands, BBC Radio Ulster
“With the quality of the writing and performance on offer from Paula, there is nothing that can stop her (as the title track from her new album ‘Let Me Fly’ suggests) flying high artistically or her music flying off the virtual shelves. Paula is such a strong talent in writing and performing…and (her) live performances are well worth seeking out.” – Irish Music Magazine
“Irish Singer/Songwriter Paula Ryan is a unique voice in the contemporary folk world….. Proving how insanely talented she is, not only did she write all the songs on her latest album ‘Let Me Fly,’ she also arranged the album as well as providing the vocals, guitars, tin whistles, saxophone and percussion amongst many other instruments. ‘Let Me Fly’ is… an enchanting album …..and a well honed crafted record which will bring joy to all who hear it.” – Classic Rock Society Magazine
Paula Ryan’s album “Let Me Fly is an album of beauty and attraction, the Gaelic voice haunting the imagination and one that has truth within its soul.” – Liverpool Sound and Vision – http://www.liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk/2016/02/12/paula-ryan-let-me-fly-album-review/
As well as performing nationally and internationally as a singer-songwriter (www.paularyan.co), Paula Ryan has worked extensively with singing, songwriting and music making as a way to promote community development.
Paula led on the ‘Write for your Life/Sing for your Life’ project organised by ArtsAway (Jo Glover), Goole with funding from the Arts Council and Music4U. The project aimed to build community spirit through an intergenerational arts experience, focusing on group singing and songwriting.
Paula was also the co-founder and leader of Hull Community Voices, which is now a well-established choir in East Yorkshire. Paula led the singing aspect of the Hull Schools Carnival Project organised by Creative Partnerships which involved working with many of the primary schools in Hull culminating in a wonderful outdoor carnival performance. Paula’s Hull Freedom Festival 2015 when, before thousands of people she played the lead role of fictional Hull heroine, Wyke in the opening night spectacular”Voices of Freedom”, musically bringing the freedom to dream to the people of Hull. See https://youtu.be/WuL78gY07Og
Paula has worked with persons with special needs in Camphill communities in Botton Village, North Yorkshire, Heydenmuehle, Germany, and Dunshane, Ireland, as well as running many community and school singing/songwriting and music making workshops in the UK and abroad. She also helped set up and run a singing/songwriting/community development project working with school children in a deprived area of Moshi, Tanzania.
Paula is a member of internationally respected acappella singing group Soundsphere and involved in many community music making and song-writing initiatives including York world music choir Chechelele and York Songwriters’ Circle.