Paddy Tutty - Biography & Press Kit

loving treatments of traditional ballads. - Emily Friedman, Come for to Sing, Chicago

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

Selected Performances

Over her four decade career, Paddy Tutty has performed at a multitude of venues throughout Canada and beyond. Here are some highlights, along with a portfolio of photos:

P. Tutty photo by P&S Photo


Summer Solstice Festival, Calabasas CA
Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle
Regina Folk Festival, Regina
Princeton Traditional Music Festival, Princeton BC
Festival of Friends, Hamilton ON
Water Valley Celtic Festival, Water Valley AB
Live From the Rock Folk Festival, Red Rock ON
Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, St. John's NF
Mill Race Festival of Traditional Music, Cambridge ON
Ness Creek Music Festival, Big River SK
John Arcand Fiddle Fest, Saskatoon SK
Saskatoon Celtic Festival, Saskatoon SK
St. Albert Celtic Festival, St. Albert AB
Discoveries Prince Albert Children's Festival, SK
Northeast Children's Festival, Tisdale SK
Women's Arts Festival, Saskatoon
Mid-Winter Celtic Festival, Regina SK
Contemplative Arts Festival of Saskatoon

photo of P. Tutty by Cliff Speer


The Wee Folk Club, Toronto
The Underground Cafe, Saskatoon
Grassroots Regina, Regina
Old Chestnuts Concerts, Kitchener, ON
The Ottawa Folklore Centre
Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, ON
Haskell Library, Quebec-Vermont border
Heartwood Folk Club, Athabasca, AB
Saskatoon Folk Music Association
Old Sod Folk Music Society, Ottawa
Regina Guild of Folk Arts
Victoria Folk Music Society
Rocky Mountain Folk Club, Calgary
Full Moon Folk Club, Edmonton
National Library, Cultures Canada, Ottawa
The Flying Cloud Folk Club, Toronto
Nickelodeon Music Club, Calgary
The Sustainable Gourmet Fundraiser, Saskatoon
Canada Day Celebrations, Calgary
Nagasaki Memorial, Saskatoon

photo of P. Tutty by Grant Kernan

Storytelling: Ballad Singing

Ottawa Storytelling Festival, Ottawa
National Storytelling Conference, Saskatoon, SK
House Concert for T.A.L.E.S., Edmonton
Canadian Society for Traditional Music Conference, Athabasca, AB
The Naked Tree: World Storytelling Day, Saskatoon, 2012
In Fortune's Hands: World Storytelling Day, Saskatoon 2013


Not a Love Song, SK concerts 1999-2003
Sweet Grassland Salon Tour, 2005
Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site, Abernethy, SK
Newfoundland Soiree, Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon
Northern Lights Bluegrass & Old-Tyme Festival, SK (with Norm Walker)
Paddy Tutty and Chris Lindgren: Ballads and Legends from Wales and Beyond, Saskatoon
Noon Tunes, Saskatoon, SK (with Paul Gitlitz),
Mothers' Day Hootenanny, Saskatoon, SK (with Paul Gitlitz)

photo of P.Tutty by Richard Gustin


Gallery, CBC Radio Saskatchewan
Planet Beat, CFCR FM, Saskatoon
So Many Roads, CFCR FM, Saskatoon
Prairie Ceilidh, CKJS Radio, Winnipeg
Canadian Spaces, CKCU-FM, Ottawa
Not a Love Song, Basic Black, National CBC Radio
Sounds Unlimited, STV, Saskatoon/Regina/Winnipeg
Project Discovery, Shaw-Cable TV
Still looking for home, Canadian Folk Music Bulletin
The Folk Singers, CJUS FM Saskatoon
Labours & Loves: Alumni in the Arts. The Green & White, Saskatoon, SK
Regina Fall Festival, CKIT FM, Regina
Simply Folk, CBC National Radio