Performance wth Linda Mary Montano reviewed in ARTnews
Linda and Paul at COSM in 2013 by Alex Grey
CURRENT CD : HYMN TO HER (2012)
HYMN TO HER is Paul McMahon’s tantric exploration of eros, spirit and life force energy. The beautiful sounds of Paul’s voice and guitar were captured by Dave Cook (B-52s, Elvis Costello, Charles Mingus, Natalie Merchant, Laurie Anderson) in an extensive project on one inch 4 track tape at a private studio in Woodstock which yielded nine of the songs. The other two -You’re My Guts (Ferenz Kallos -producer) and Beat the Bushes (Alejo! -producer) first appeared on MUSIC FOR CHANGING TIMES, the out of print 2008 sampler from WoodstockMusicWorks, which features 5 up and coming Woodstock acts.
Paul McMahon is a brilliant example of listening to an inner voice and having the courage to express it.
Haunted by clarity, his voice carries the seed sound.
Paul’s musical wizardry combines insights worthy of Dylan with the vocal charm of Willie Nelson and the eclecticism of the Beatles. Paul has written some of the most beautiful love songs of our times and he can sing them with tenderness, passion and humor. He is simply one of my favorite singers and songwriters and performers alive today. Without Paul McMahon’s songs in my life the world would really be a dark and difficult place.
Sharon Gannon co-founder Jivamukti Yoga School
More on HYMN TO HER
Live video of ONLY LOVE from the Spotty Dog, Hudson NY in August 2013, accompanied by Chimi
My friend Charlie comes up from New Jersey to visit me every summer, and we go on a music tour of Ulster County. Last Friday we saw Paul McMahon play at the Rosendale Café. His tickling puns, leaps of faith, double entendres, visionary cries, self-deprecating asides, avowals of love — plus fine fingerpicking — spun the late-night crowd. http://www.groundreport.com/Business/Woodstock-Rosendale-Last-Weekend/2940413
SHOUTOUT 2 *RICK SCHNEIDER: WKZE UP AND RUNNING*DAVE LEONARD: WDST-FM RADIO UNLEASHEDAND TO *GARY GOLDBERG: WRPI-FM IN THE SPIRIT
THANKS 4 PLAYING my MUSIC!
OMG! I recently noticed that the video my pal E Winter put up for ARAPAHO MAIDEN was picked up and is being hosted online by NME, Britain’s venerable music industry rag. I googled NME and Paul McMahon so I could get a link for this page and to my surprise found 3 other videos of mine being hosted by NME and one of them was this video for TURTLES that I NEVER SAW BEFORE!!!!! Whoever did it THANKS! There’s more I haven’t looked at yet. ENJOY! I am.
so happy when I get a chance to sing for you.
The ROCK’N'ROLL THERAPIST at the Kitchen’s Block Party 9/17/11 NYC
The ROCK’N'ROLL THERAPIST makes up songs about problems audience members are having. So far they have all been successfully treated, so don’t give him a problem you don’t want to lose.
Paul McMahon recordings can be found at CDBaby,
iTunes and plenty more online (but there is more than one Paul McMahon).
with Julia Nichols (NAKED) in 2009 at Woodstock’s ephemeral Alchemy Cafe and at LA’s Echo Country Outpost,2010
Three videos of songs of mine by the dynamic Amanda Jo Williams A.K.A. B.F.F. Babymom
and one from the old days….
DAILY LIFE (1977-78); Christine Hahn, Paul McMahon, Glenn Branca, Barbara Ess photo:Daile Kaplan
135 GRAND ST; dvd/cd release on Soul Jazz Records including tracks by A BAND with Wharton Tiers, David McMahon, Peter Moser and Joe Gone filmed by Ericka Beckman at the loft I shared with Nancy Chunn. Also on the disc is THE STATIC made up of the other members of Daily Life after I left.
Paul McMahon is a veteran of the NY No Wave art punk scene; DAILY LIFE with GLENN BRANCA and later his own bands, A BAND and PAUL McMAHON AND THE BLUEBIRDS.
Before that he took guitar lessons from ELVIN BISHOP and played blues, believing himself to be black until age 20. Quit music, started conceptual art. In 1977 he heard JONATHAN RICHMAN and has been writing songs and performing ever since through thick and thin and mostly in Woodstock for the past twenty years. His voice is improving with age. HYMN TO HER is his 10th album.
Here is a batch of songs from a batch of albums:
MAYBE PAUL McMAHON NEUTRAL 1986
MY LIFE! THE RAIN…and other stuff AKASHIC RECORDS AND TAPES 1992
BANDAID ADULT CHILD AKASHIC RECORDS AND TAPES 1989
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CRY WALKING IN THE DAYS OF THE PROPHECIES SIX FANS/AKASHIC RECORDS AND TAPES 1994
YOU’RE MY GUTS HYMN TO HER 2012 and MUSIC FOR CHANGING TIMES, sampler from WOODSTOCK MUSIC WORKS 2008 AND
This is my daughter Ginger’s song One Day with me on guitar
God-daughter Shamsi Ruhe singing Bring it on Down