The 2015 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival comes to an end today, November 16, and Captain EO is retiring for good on December 6, but between those two closures there is another farewell that might go overlooked. The Paul McKenna Band will play their final set of acoustic folk music at Epcot’s U.K. pavilion on Friday, November 20, 2015.
I caught up with the quartet, who posted on Twitter that they are returning to Scotland to record an album, after a recent afternoon performance. They said that they have no plans to return to Walt Disney World after next week, so if you are a Paul McKenna Band fan you only have a few days left to see them without having to fly across the pond.
It’s fair to say that, although McKenna and company are talented performers who authentically represent their musical tradition, they never enjoyed the kind of cult-like popularity garnered by Off Kilter, the Canadian rock band that was controversially canceled prior to McKenna’s debut.
In case you never had a chance to experience the Paul McKenna Band in person, I’ve immortalized one of their sets on YouTube for posterity: