Paul J McInnis
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Paul J McInnis

Goderich, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1994 | SELF

Goderich, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 1994
Solo Folk Country


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Paul J McInnis @ Cork Hall

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Paul J McInnis @ Paddy O'Neils Restaurant Pub

Goderich, Ontario, Canada

Goderich, Ontario, Canada

Paul J McInnis @ Pat & Kevin's On the Square

Goderich, Ontario, Canada

Goderich, Ontario, Canada

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Like a white, folkie, James Brown - @SOCANHoward

Love lost. Coming to terms with regret. Finding the right words to say to a forlorn friend when the words are far away. ...Troubadour Paul J. McInnis mines these universal subjects with an observant eye.
A warm voice invites you to listen long, and listen well.

David MacPherson
Penguin Eggs Magazine - Penguin Eggs Magazine

Paul J. McInnis – Broken Down Waltz (Independent)

From Waterloo, Ontario, Paul J. McInnis is a singer-songwriter who fully embraces the North American folk-troubadour tradition. His style harks back to far simpler times, when a songwriter would be travelling rather than touring, earning his crust wherever an audience could be found, and today McInnis can still be found plying his craft in pubs, coffee-houses and bars, as well as on the occasional street corner.

“Broken Down Waltz” is his new record, recorded live off the floor, and featuring some of his best friends playing mandolin, harmonica, accordion, cello and guitar. The lack of studio gloss presents the music in far more authentic surroundings, and if there are mistakes, they’re hardly noticeable, and are more than made up for by the purity and spontaneity of their back-to-basics approach.

His stated influences are John Prine, Randy Newman and Bill Monroe, a trio of artists who contribute to the Americana tradition in completely different ways. McInnis takes aspects of all three and has come up with something heartwarming and uplifting, with his literate songwriting providing the backbone to everything we hear.

Standout songs come thick and fast: “Slip Away” opens the collection with a narrative about the one that got away, and sets the album up perfectly for what’s to come. “What's Done Is Done” is catchy and upbeat, reminds me a little of Uncle Tupelo, and if radio played this sort of thing, they’d be playing this. “Stories of Lily” tells its tale with some finesse and should win an award somewhere down the line, and the album’s brought to a conclusion by the outstanding title track – a country cousin to John Prine’s “Donald and Lydia”. - Leicester Bangs









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If he were alive 100 years ago, Paul J McInnis would have been found strumming on a street corner, singing his songs about roads, girls, and small towns. His closest friends would have been pickers, singers, poets, painters and the local butcher. He would have enjoyed a simple life surrounded by the things he loved. Today, 100 years later, not much is different. If you look for him, Paul can be found strumming on a street corner in some small town, singing songs about roads, girls, and the things he loves. He may slip into his local pub on the way home for a pint with some old friends. It`s a simple life. 

Paul J McInnis’ music is folk music in the truest sense. It channels John Prine, Adam Carroll, and every musician he’s played with. It is literate, joyful, melancholy, and timeless. He prefers to play in the moment; recording live off the floor with open mics and no overdubs. Mistakes happen, he’ll say, but so does magic. The resulting album, Broken Down Waltz, is a collection of some of those magical mistakes, all written and arranged by Paul and performed beautifully with some of his closest friends on mandolin, harmonica, accordion, cello and guitar. It is what Paul believes music should be: simple and real.

Paul has seen Canada through a windshield. During the years spent travelling with Juno nominated troubadour Craig Cardiff, the duo played every club, pub, and dive student bar they could find. They even hosted a conference on independent music at the North American Folk Alliance’s annual convention. Over the past decade, Paul has had the honour of opening for acts as diverse as Serena Ryder, Jim Cuddy and Big Sugar. Closer to his current home in Goderich, Ontario, Paul has played countless small festivals both as a solo act and as a sought after sideman. As for his joyful and timeless songs, Paul has twice received accolades from legendary songwriters David Foster and Carol Bayer Sager.

What does the future hold? Paul would say the only thing we can expect is uncertainty. There is, however, one thing we can count on. Paul will keep playing, singing, and surrounding himself with the things he loves. It’s what he’s always done. It’s what he’ll always do.

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