Paddy Tutty - Biography
Paddy Tutty is best known as a singer of traditional songs. Her repertoire encompasses ancient ballads, songs from a woman's perspective, magical and seasonal pageants, songs with a twist, and songs about the world around us. As well as singing traditional music from the British Isles and North America, she incorporates a few newer songs and tunes on guitar, concertina and fiddle, but is best known for the driving rhythm of her fretted dulcimer and her renditions of traditional ballads.
Born and raised on the Canadian Prairies and based in Saskatoon, Paddy has performed for audiences across Canada. In addition to her solo work, she has collaborated with other musicians in theatre, music, storytelling and recording projects. Working with such renowned producers as David Essig, Ken Hamm and Ian Tamblyn, she has released six recordings on her independent label Prairie Druid Music.
Paddy also performs as a duo with fiddler/mandolinist Paul Gitlitz, performing a selection of old ballads and old fiddle tunes.
I've always enjoyed Paddy's voice. She has a distinctive timbre, passion which never gets out of control, masterful pacing in the ballads where her voice alternately soars like a lark in the sky and gently folds around phrases like a leaf round a bud. - Rosaleen Gregory, Canadian Folk Music Bulletin.
Singing songs that tell stories of women and men who pre-date the dreams of the prairie settlers, Paddy Tutty's music has a quality of magic in it that reminds the fields themselves of their former glory. Her voice guides the strings of her guitar and dulcimer and sets off the punchiness of her concertina playing through tales of passion, words of warning, and incantations for the finest of rains and sunniest of days. - Gravelbourg Tribune
Her albums are finely crafted creations that delight, play after play. Gene Wilburn, Northern Journey
Tutty's simple, straightforward interpretation of traditional material has stood the test of time. - Dirty Linen Magazine