"Na-Mara brings together talented English singer songwriter and guitarist Paul McNamara and wonderful mandolin player Rob Garcia” (Folk World #58). "They write “fantastic songs and the stories grab you from the start” (Folk London ed. 279, pg43); and “ may be put on the list of enjoyable English duos such as veteran Knightley and Beer or young Cadie and Bloomer.” (Folk World #45)
In recent years, Na-Mara have built an enviable reputation for fine story-telling and musicianship , performing in venues and festivals across the UK, at events in France, Spain and Germany and on BBC Radio 4 and a plethora of internet and local radio stations. They consistently deliver new and exciting material to folk audiences with their own provocative material in traditional style on contemporary and historical topics; their English translations of songs from Breton, French and Quebecois traditions; and their take on traditional tunes from Brittany, France and the Spanish Celtic regions of Asturias and Galicia.
Reaction to recent albums
Navajos & Pirates (2015) “A stunning album indeed” Folk World #54 “..an excellent and varied choice of material, beautifully sung and played...” Folk London (ed. 279) “ Thoughtfully and intelligently crafted, lyrically and musically...” Living Tradition (ed. 109) “..a wonderful eclectic mix..” MARDLES, 2015 The Bite (2010) “ an education and a delight …” Spiralearth “…a lovely CD….brilliant stuff…". Genevieve Tudor BBC Radio Shropshire ”..powerful and well-performed…” Folk London, 2011 “a fine testament to the songcrafter’s art...strong on justice across history and borders..” FATEA (2010)