Bit of a heads up for those interested. It’s called ‘Course In Fable’. He is moving in all sorts of directions on this.
All good fun until somebody gets hurt… 🙂
I just received an email update from Band On The Wall in that there Manchester which reveals that Ryley Walker is doing a duo tour of the UK in Feb with the legendary Danny Thompson. It seems an ideal fit in that Ryley’s music is very reminiscent of Bart Jansch, Nick Drake, John Martyn all of whom played with Danny who at 76 is 50 years older than Ryley
Mostly small gigs, the tour runs 17-28th Feb with no gig on the 22nd. The route is Bristol, Oxford, Birmingham, London, Barton, Stockton, Jimmy Clitheroe, Liverpool, Leeds, Farndale, and the aforementioned BotW in Manchester
Thanks to DuCool, yesterday I went to a free gig by Mr Walker. And very fine it was too. (Sadly my pal missed it. He was chilling out in a spa in Nacka. He must have been knackered.)
I saw Ryley last summer at Roskilde when he had an excellent, slightly jazzy band, with him. Yesterday he had to do all the work himself, and he did not disappoint. There’s an amazing, trance-like intensity to his performance: the lad can play the guitar. It’s impressive how he takes his many influences and makes something that is his own. John Martyn, Tim Buckley, Van Morrison ( he did a cover):all cooked up together to create something new.
The support act was Daniel Bachman, another fine, but far less flamboyant guitarist, whose restrained playing was rather lost on the noisy hotel foyer crowd.
I had a brief chat with Ryley at the merch table and he’s a charming chap. He was off to the bar and suggested that my voluptuous pal, Astrid, and I joined him. Boring old sod that I am, I made my excuses and headed off for the train to suburbia.
There is no doubt that he is Flavour » Continue Reading.
Only just come across this guy. He seems to be channeling Bert Jansch, Van Morrison and Tim Buckley all at once. I’m expecting great things from his new album of which this song is a part.