Paddy Mills

Saturday, October 5 from 4:15 – 6pm, on the Mallard Parking Lot Stage 

Paddy Mills is an award winning folk singer/songwriter whose songs are as salty as the Maine coast he calls home. Like Greg Brown on helium, Mills can spin a yarn; “projecting those stories as short movies onto the inside of our forehead for us to watch with our minds eye”, In 2013 Paddy was the Winner of both the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the Rose Garden Coffeehouse Performing Songwriter Competition, and has started 2014 by winning the South Florida Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Competition, the CT Folk Grassy Hill Song Competition and taking Gold in the Mid Atlantic Song Contest, Folk/Acoustic category.

Paddy’s 2011 solo acoustic album 3 Lefts sounds “as though he were right there in your living room. For some artists, the more raw the recording, the more exposed their shortcomings. But to Mills’ credit, his congenial delivery makes for one smooth listen” –Portland Press Herald. This is true also of his live performances. Whether at a coffee house, Festival, folk club or the corner of a bar, Paddy has a way of making listeners feel like they’re sitting in a living room listening to the telling of old familiar stories about their own family and friends.

As a Folk Singer, Paddy maintains an extensive repertoire of Irish, American, Maritime, Nicaraguan and Labor folk songs. His knowledge of and respect for traditional music is reflected is his own writing.

As a songwriter, Paddy has a knack for the overlooked. He knows that common sense is not so common, and simple truths are not so simple. describes his songs as “intimate, heartfelt, finely crafted, and masterfully performed” Most importantly, though, Paddy’s music can leave you grinning like you’ve just been let in on a secret — one that you might just have known all along.


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Photo Credit: Rick Perry


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