Five Questions With The Real McKenzies

Canadian national treasures, The Real McKenzies were founded back in 1992 by the larger than life, punk rock poet laureate, Mr. Paul McKenzie. The band has been going strong and continues to do so.

They released their latest album, Two Devils Will Talk in 2017, featuring their single, “Due West”, which you can check out below.

Now, the band will be embarking on a Western Canadian tour with The Real Sickies, and this is something you won’t want to miss.

Find out more about The Real McKenzies via our Five Questions With segment, and stay up to date with them via their socials.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I am Paul McKenzie. Singer, songwriter, roadie, driver and Jester for the band The Real McKenzies.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Music and writing style is based on old Celtic music with a sprinkle of semi contemporary Celtic crooners, a generous splash of bagpipes, ear-splitting electric guitars and modern rock and roll along with the rebel spirit that has transfixed itself in the hearts and minds of all warriors regardless of race or gender worldwide….. Oh! Don’t forget a wee dram of whisky or two.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We have just made a new recording. We have made so many since 1992 that we have lost count. We are currently about to embark on a Western Canadian Tour then a comprehensive European tour. I will expect a US tour after that. We are ready and willing to go anywhere anytime within reason. We love to play for all of our fans worldwide and beyond. Timbuktu or the moon. Let’s go! We’re in!

Any information that people or animals want to know is readily available on our webpage. Except for my zodiac sign which is something I choose to keep secret and remain a universal mystery.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Oh, come on now. Ok, just what kind of a question is that? A cruel one at very least. Let’s put it into perspective, shall we? I look at all the songs as my own, my children, if you will. Now you expect me to choose one out of hundreds??? Sorry…. can’t be done. Why don’t you (our fans) choose one and get back to us? We’re waiting gleefully. Choose your favourite song and tell us why it is your favourite.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

All bands on Stomp.
Stompin’ Tom Connors.
The Mahones
Darkest of the Hillside Thickets
The Enigmas
Personality Crisis
Ray Condo
These are but a few. I could go on and on…

Tour Dates:
05 Mar in Cumberland, BC, Canada @ Waverley Hotel
06 Mar in Victoria, BC, Canada @ White Eagle Polish Hall
07 Mar in Vancouver, BC, Canada @ Rickshaw Theatre
10 Mar in Kelowna, BC, Canada @ Sapphire
11 Mar in Rossland, BC, Canada @ The Flying Steamshovel
12 Mar in Golden, BC, Canada @ Rockwater Grill and Bar
13 Mar in Edmonton, AB, Canada @ The Starlite Room
14 Mar in Grande Prairie, AB, Canada @ Better Than Freds
15 Mar in Red Deer, AB, Canada @ The Krossing
16 Mar in Lethbridge, AB, Canada @ The Slice Bar And Grill
17 Mar in Calgary, AB, Canada @ Dickens
19 Mar in Winnipeg, MB, Canada @ Park Theatre
20 Mar in Saskatoon, SK, Canada @ Amigos Cantina
21 Mar in Regina, SK, Canada @ The Exchange

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