FCO playing in aid of Maryhill Food Bank at Hug And Pint, 16/04/16


Have a listen to our new song 'French Fries'. Thanks to Ross and Michael at Rocket Science Studios for recording us!


Delighted to have been asked to play 'This Feeling' night at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut on April 2nd.


A big thank you to Vic Galloway for playing 'Rocket' last night on his BBC Radio Scotland Show (15/02/16) and also for his very kind words about the song. Cheers Vic.




Thanks Rave Child for the kind words on 'Rocket'! Check out the review below:





Thanks to Billy Sloan for the mention in today's (18/01/16) The Herald - Scotland

"Last week someone had sent me an unsolicited single from a group I'd never heard of, Foggy City Orphan. It's one of the best things I've heard in the last five years."




FCO playing King Tuts Wah Wah Hut 16/01/16


Love the artwork for our upcoming single Rocket, courtesy of Glasgow artist Roddy MacNeill, cheers Roddy!

Thanks to Jim Gellatly for giving Rocket another spin on his Amazing Radio show on Sunday 03/01/16


Delighted that Steve Lamacq gave Rocket another spin on his BBC 6 show tonight(30/12/15). Great stuff, thanks Steve Lamacq!



Thanks to Billy Sloan for playing our debut single 'Rocket' on his BBC Radio Scotland show and thanks for the very nice words about it Billy!



Big thanks to Steve Lamacq for closing his BBC 6 Music show with our single 'Rocket' . Listen back here folks:




// S I N G L E  R E L E A S E //

We will be releasing our debut single 'Rocket' on 1st Feb 2016.

We will be using our gig at King Tut's on the 16th Jan 2016 to launch the single and some advance physical copies of the single will be available at the gig. Full digital release will be 1st Feb.

You can purchase tickets for the gig at the link below (£4.50), going to be a good one!!






Hello folks, we'll be playing at Broadcast in Glasgow next Wednesday night (9th December) supporting The Woodentops and we're looking forward to it!

Details and info below:





FCO are excited to have been asked to play King Tuts Wah Wah Huts New Years Revolution Festival on  Saturday, 16th January. #‎KTNYR16‬. More details to follow.

Delighted that 'The Bridge: Fifty Years Across The Forth' documentary has just won #BAFTA. Music composed by myself and Kenny Inglis. Well done to everyone involved.

Check out our new song called 'Glasgow' 


We are excited to be supporting Dexters on the Glasgow date of their UK Tour, in The Garage, Glasgow on November 14th. 


We will be supporting Yossarian on the Glasgow date of their UK Tour, come check them and us out at Bloc, Glasgow on the 20th October should be fun people!

Very happy to say Tom Robinson has featured 'Pompeii' on his BBC Introducing Mixtape. Check it out here:




Thanks to Euan Robertson for a fun photoshoot with FCO!


Check out Foggy City Orphan's two latest tracks below. Thank you to Producer David McCauley at Chem 19 for all his hard work on these songs and also to Kenny Inglis for mastering them.


Check our new promo vid for our song 'Pompeii'
Check out this video for my new band 'Foggy City Orphan' folks. We have been locked away rehearsing and recording for the last few months and here is the result. I will be posting more updates/live shows  soon so check it out.




A big thank you to the folks at Indie Rock Cafe who have made me their 'Artist Of The Week' and said some really nice things about my songs. A nice way to end 2014 i think.  Check it out :


Have a merry christmas everyone


I'll be singing in Sunday nights (23/11/14) new episode of CSI, airing in the US . Along with my partner in crime Kenny Inglis, our Mothmatix song 'Ghosts' will feature in the new episode. Check it out people!


Great interview with my brother Andrew in the Eckleburg Review regarding his Gertrude Stein Award. Andrew wants to arm wrestle "author" Dan Brown….always a good sign in my book!



Big thanks to director Tim Gardner for making a promo video for 'Head Happy' . It was filmed in sunny Melbourne, Australia which is a far cry from rainy Scotland!

Thanks Tim!
Congratulations to my brother Andrew who has just won the prestigious Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction 2014 for his story ' A Song Died'. Not content with being a super talented song lyricist , Andrew has decided to turn his pen to writing fiction as well and here is the result! 

Check it out here folks: http://thedoctortjeckleburgreview.com/2014/09/15/announcing-the-gertrude-stein-award-2014-winners/


Great album review for 'Head Happy' in UNCUT magazine. Review is by Terry Staunton so thanks Terry! It is in next months edition (01/10/14) check it out people.

Another good album review of 'Head Happy' by SoundsXP!


Massive thanks to Huey Morgan from Fun Lovin Criminals for playing ' Mr Boogie' on his BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday night (06/09/2014).  Check it out here folks:


Thanks Huey!



Fantastic 9 out of 10 album review for 'Head Happy' in Louder Than War (03/09/2014). Check it out people.


Louder Than War Review

Tune into BBC 1 on Sunday night at 7pm (31/08/14) to watch 'The Bridge: Fifty Years across the Forth".  Delighted to have been asked to compose the music for this amazing documentary alongside my friend and collaborator  Kenny Inglis. Get it watched folks!



Great review of 'Head Happy' in next months (12/10/14) issue of 'Hi-Fi News & Record Review' by Johnny Black. Check it out! 

Thanks Johnny!

Another big thank you to Jim Gellatly for playing 'Head Happy' again on his Amazing Radio Show yesterday (17/08/14). Great stuff Jim. You can have a listen here:




Delighted to say the one and only Steve Lamacq played 'Head Happy' today (08/08/14) on BBC 6 Music Recommends. Steve ended the show with it and said 'Head Happy' was 'a very well executed pop song'. Great stuff thanks Steve.

Listen back here folks: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04cs5kh



Hello folks, I'm very happy to report my song 'Harbour' is featuring in tonights (04/08/14) new episode of 'The Fosters'  which airs on ABC in the United States. 

Thanks to the wonderful Tom Morton for playing 'Head Happy' on his BBC Radio Scotland Show on Friday evening (01/08/14). Listen again here folks:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bskyc#programme-broadcasts …


Another big thank you to Roddy Hart for opening his BBC Radio Scotland show last night (31/07/2014) with 'Head Happy'. Thanks for the support Roddy. You can listen back here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bs3wk


 A big thank you to Roddy Hart for playing ' Head Happy' on his BBC Radio Scotland Show (17/07/14). You can listen back here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04965vf  Thanks Roddy. The show finishes with one of my favourite Bonnie Raitt songs which can't be bad!


Very happy to see my song 'Mr Boogie' used in the trailer for the upcoming Australian independent film 'Take Life As It Goes', directed by Tim Gardner. Check it out people:


Another big thank you to Gideon Coe for playing 'Cheer Up' again last night (02/07/14) on his BBC 6 Music Show. 'Cheer Up'  was played just before Bruce Springsteen and you can't beat The Boss! You can listen back here folks http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0486rcj


Jim Gellatly will be playing 'Head Happy' on his Amazing Radio Show this coming Sunday (29/06/14). You can listen here http://amazingradio.com/?show=jimgellatly

Thanks Jim!


A big thank you to Gideon Coe for playing 'Cheer Up' on his BBC 6 Music Show last night (23/06/2014). You can listen back here:



Hello folks

Delighted to say my song 'Harbour' will feature in Minnie Drivers new film ' Return To Zero'. The film will premiere in the USA on May 17th and also stars Alfred Molina, Connie Neilson and Paul Adelstein. The song was recorded at http://www.underworldstudio.co.uk and produced by the one and only Kenny Inglis.

Check out the new Mothmatix promo video courtesy of Mike Harry and his team at Concentrate, New York. Looks great!
 Frank Skinner will be playing 'Fix' on his Absolute Radio show this coming Saturday (24/08/13). A massive thankyou to Frank for this! 

Hello folks im happy to say I have finished my new EP which is eponymously and imaginatively titled 'Paul Mclinden'. Please give it a listen. I recorded it in Chem 19 studios with  Producer Dave McAuley. Three of the songs are co-written with my sometime collaborator and all the time brother Andrew. Also thanks to my good friend Graeme Critcher who volunteered his time to come play drums on the opening track 'Fix'. The photographs for the EP were done by the very talented  Euan Robertson. Lastly i really must get a web designer to work on my site as i am clearly not up to the task!


Delighted to tell you good folks that one of my collaborations with Producer Kenny Inglis has been used in the latest Warner Bros featurette for Gangster Squad (15/01/13). The film stars Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin among others and you can hear our song called "One Black Sunday" in the trailer below.

Im very happy to report that my recent collaboration with the very talented Mothmatix was featured in this weeks episode of CSI : New York (11/01/13) .  The song is called 'Go Stop Go' and features yours truly on vocals. You can check out 'Go Stop Go' and the rest of Mothmatix's music here: www.mothmatix.co.uk

Im very happy to report that my brother Andrew has been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize 2012 for his short story "A Case of the Puncs". Raymond Carver is among the past winners of the prize so its fair to say Andrew is in good company! As he lost out in the looks department to his younger brother i think this is God's way of evening things up. You can read " A Case of the Puncs" by Andrew Mclinden here www.swback.com/issues/016/case-of-the-puncs.html

MTV recently asked if they could use my song "This Is That" in their new drama series called "Ultimo Ano".  Apparently the song is now going to be used in 9 episodes which is fantastic so check it out folks.

Rocket was played on BBC Radio 6 Music last night (17/06/12) by the legendary Don Letts which im very happy about.

Frank Skinner played 'Rocket'  today (16/06/12)  on his Absolute Radio show. Thankyou Frank!

NME have chosen 'Rocket' to be included on The Selector show on NME Radio.  You can hear the show on the NME website from tonight (01/06/12) then it apparently goes out in another 35 countries . Great stuff.

Im very happy to say Mary Ann Hobbs played 'Rocket' on her XFM show this week(22/05/12) while BFBS have made 'Foggy City Orphan' their Essential album this week which is terrific. Also Jim Gellatly will be playing 'Rocket' again this Sunday (27/05/12) on his Amazing Radio show so thanks for that Jim. Also  thanks to my Producers Dave Mcauley at Chem 19 Studios and Kenny Inglis at Underworld Studios for all their hard work on my songs. Sounds like the start of an Oscars speech...

ps. Just found out Jim will  also be playing Rocket tonight(27/05/12) on In:Demand Uncut  7-10pm on Clyde 1, Forth One, Northsound 1, Radio Borders, Tay FM, West FM & West Sound FM. Excellent stuff give it a listen if you can folks!

Hello folks

Just a small update on whats happening in the land of Paul. Im almost finished  recording my new songs in Chem 19 and its sounding rather good i think. More news on that to follow soon but i must say a thank you to Louis Abbott from the wonderful Admiral Fallow who very kindly offered to play some drums for me on my new record. Not only is Louis a great songwriter but hes also a great drummer!

Also i recently completed my first Transatlantic collaboration with the lovely Some Velvet Evening. Heaven knows why but they asked me to play some guitar on a couple of tracks for their new album which i was more than happy to do. If you like honky tonks, harmonies and heartaches then check them out!

Lastly but by no means least, my song 'Too Little Too Late' is being used in the upcoming episode of 'One Tree Hill' which will air on Feb 15th, 2012, in the US. On a side note i recently discovered that when i put glasses on i bare a striking resemblance to Penfold from the Dangermouse cartoon. I may post a picture to support this claim at a future date.

sure nuff 'n' yes i do

The wonderful Lauren Laverne played my song 'Love You Bring' on her BBC 6 Music Show on Friday (13/05/11) , describing it as 'absolutely beautiful' (go lauren!). The show is available on the BBC iplayer and you can check it out here  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01105kd

Also, Beanbags and Blue Planet were played this week on the Iain Anderson Show on BBC Radio Scotland which im delighted about. You can hear these shows here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074hkv

Im going into the studio next week to record a few songs so hopefully the session goes well and i'll have some new music for you to hear.

Im very happy to have been asked to play at the beautiful City Halls in Glasgow on Feb 26th. I will be opening for the newly formed Rose Room which comprises virtuoso violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken and also Jimmy Moon on double-bass (i once bought a guitar from Jimmy hes the man!) By all accounts the venue is amazing and im excited to be playing at it and I will be joined for this concert by my good friend and all round talented musician Steve McCluskey. Tickets are priced at £10 from the Box Office or you can drop me a line and get a discounted price of £6! Hope to see some of you there.

Happy New Year to everyone...Im very happy to say that a song i wrote with Dot Allison has been used in the new Maxwell House Coffee advert in Russia. I dont like coffee and i cant speak Russian but i am half way through an amazing book by Mikhail Bulgakov called 'The Master And Margarita'..what an amazing book. Also the song is being used for the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Show...i know nothing about fashion but it sounds quite cool doesnt it! Check out the videos for both:


New Single

Hello folks
Just a quick update about whats been going on....i am sorry that theres been a delay in getting the 'This Is That' CDs back from the manufacturers. Its a long story and i wont bore you with the sordid details...basically ive had to change manufacturers as the original company have let me down badly. I would like to shout and swear about this but instead i have written a couple of poems about the guy from the CD company which i will share at a later date. Anyways im now in the process of getting a new company to make the CDs and they should be ready in a week or two at most( where have you heard that before). I have decided to release a download single in the meantime and its called 'Love You Bring'. Its got quite a christmas vibe to it except it has nothing whatsoever to do with christmas. Its available at all the usual places for download and i do hope you enjoy it.


This Is That

Hello folks

After a wait of two years, I’m happy to announce that I’ve finished my next record – a six song mini-album called ‘This is That.’ 5 of the songs were engineered and produced at Chem 19 by Dave McAulay. The other track was produced by the very talented Kenny Inglis.

It’s currently being manufactured south of the border and the CD will be available to purchase in the next couple of weeks. If you’re in a hurry, downloads are available from my website now, and you will be able to get it shortly from itunes, amazon etc etc.

It’s a bit of a departure from the country flavoured excesses of my last release so please tie your horses up at the fence and leave your Stetsons at the door.

Im happy with the finished product even if it was hard work! Im currently working on new songs which should be ready very soon(2 years at the most). In the meantime check out Dave McAulays band here:

And Kenny Inglis here:



This Is That Artwork

Word Magazine

Check out this months edition of Word Magazine where you can get the song 'Paved With A Little Pain' which i co wrote with Dot Allison. Its a very good song trust me:)

Elba @ The Free Candy Sessions

Here is a review from my most recent gig...was a great night so thanks to Elba Recordings for inviting me.

Valicam Records Release

Two of my songs 'Island Girl' and 'Love You Bring' are featured on the new complilation album from Japanese label Valicam Records. Theres some really great music on the CD so check it out. Click the photo for more info people!


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