Double Bill: Malcolm MacWatt + Paula Ryan

Date/Time Sun 18 Feb 2024 8:00 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 fees; On The Door - £12

A special opportunity to revisit two artists who have appeared as support acts recently and we had to bring back as soon as possible.

Paula Ryan was l born and bred in Tipperary, Ireland. Her powerful, insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and musical passion of her Irish roots and driven by the funky rhythmic influences and instruments of music from other cultures.

To accompany her songs, Paula plays marimba / tongue drum, guitar and a variety of percussion instruments including bodhran, djembe and darabuka.

Paula charms and beguiles audiences with sheer delight in music-making, unmistakeable joy of singing, potent, thought provoking lyrics, and lively Celtic wit and humour!




Malcolm MacWatt was raised listening to the folklore and music of Scotland. His love for the outdoors saw him spending much of his life as a keen hillwalker, snowboarder and surfer; learning first hand that the Highlands are beautiful and uplifting but unforgivingly harsh if taken for granted.

Hailing from Morayshire with the Highlands and North Sea as a constant backdrop, the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is a unique voice in British Folk/Americana with the likes of Gretchen Peters, Laura Cantrell, Jaimee Harris, Eliza Carthy and Kris Drever lending their names and voices to his recent work.Like many other young men from the area he worked on the offshore oil rigs where the power of the North Sea was a constant reminder to remain humble in the face of nature. Later, as a newspaper journalist he reported on local topics including the criminal courts and social issues. As such there’s sensitivity, compassion and humanity in his songwriting with a rugged simplicity and directness in how they are delivered.

A multi-instrumentalist, MacWatt has been releasing music since late 2018 with four albums and three EPs to date.

“I’ve had a lifelong love of American music and culture. At the same time as those US influences were coming through the TV and radio I was also being steeped in Scottish folk tales and traditional music. So I’ve always been fascinated by music with Trans-Atlantic connections.”