RYLEY WALKER+ BILL MACKAY

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PLEASE NOTE: This event has been moved from The Empire, Coventry to Mama Roux’s 23 Lower Trinity St Birmingham B9 4AG. Original tickets remain valid.
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American singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryley Walker from Rockford, Illinois released his fourth album Golden Sings That Have Been Sung on Dead Oceans last year. Sunny and shimmering, this record’s not unlike its cover, nor is it unlike a warm Chicago evening. Produced by Wilco multi-instrumentalist (and fellow Chicagoan) LeRoy Bach, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is very much born of the windy city. ‘The Roundabout’ calls out Ryley’s favourite local watering hole, a handful of Chicago players appear on the record.

While tethered to this place he calls home, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung carves out its own microcosm. As The New York Times aptly put it, “his songs are rooms to poke around in, rustling the curtains.”

Back in 2015, Walker’s second album Primrose Green emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo – in the process, earning admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Robert Plant declared himself a fan – as did double-bass legend Danny Thompson, with whom Ryley would later embark on a British tour.

Ryley Walker Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Roundabout’ below:


Plus support from BILL MACKAY

Bill MacKay is a highly-regarded guitarist-composer-improviser based in Chicago. He has energized experimental folk, rock, and avant-garde scenes with his radiant songwriting, and creative and unpredictable approach to the guitar. He is also a writer, emerging polyglot, activist and visual artist. He has been recording & releasing records, and contributing to those of other musicians, since 2004.

His most recent records reveal a startling range – from the folk of Appalachia, avant-rock, and blues to gospel, jazz, raga-esque excursions, and western-country modes. Yet it’s the dynamic singularity with which he ties his interests together that is key to his art. His most recent album Esker was released via Drag City this year.

Bill MacKay Links: Website | Bandcamp

Watch the video for ‘Aster’ below: