Synergy Concerts presents:
+ Ailbhe Reddy
Entry Requirements: 18+
Will Varley is very pleased to announce he will be touring the UK again this autumn, with the majority of the shows taking place in seated theatres and venues.
Varley celebrated the release of his 5th studio album, "Spirit of Minnie", with a packed out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February. He then spent the first part of this year playing his new album live around the world, touring extensively in the US, appearing at SXSW festival in Texas and selling out venues across the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy.
Culminating at London’s stunning Round Chapel in Hackney, this brand new tour will come after a busy summer of shows including appearances at Bearded Theory, BoomTown Fair, Green Man and the wonderful Cropredy Festival (at the request of members of Fairport Convention themselves).
Described recently by Donovan as “The next generation” and counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Tim Minchin and Frank Turner amongst his fans, it seems the rambling songwriter who cut his teeth haunting the open mics of south London is finally getting the attention he deserves. Don’t miss him across the UK this autumn.
Recent press quotes: “His strongest work to date...evoking the likes of Bright Eyes, Springsteen and Dylan effortlessly.” Clash
“While he may have produced his darkest album to date... it’s also arguably his strongest” Folk Radio UK
“At his lyrical best” The Times
WILL VARLEY Q Magazine “Excellent... blew me away...” The Independent “Powerful, political and pertinent” Rambling folk singer Will Varley, has travelled further than ever since a 500 mile walking tour along England's south coast. Third album Postcards From Ursa Minor has whisked him from Kent to sold out gigs at London's Scala, then upon a ship full of music, friends and fans before a huge US tour with labelmates Skinny Lister and Beans on Toast. Scottish legends The Proclaimers loved him so much they invited him back for 25 dates of their summer 2016 tour, as did Bestival organisers who have booked him again for this year’s event. It's no wonder. The stellar ambition both hinted at in tone and explicitly expressed in title of Postcards has left listeners in awe. Produced by Tristan Ivemy and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, Blur) it is a master-class in song-writing that pushes the boundaries of the ‘one man and a guitar’ format. The elegant, aching poetry brought alive through innocuous guitar and his warm timbre has both gained followers and gradually increased in volume as his disciple numbers grow. And it has accelerated fast. It's hard to pinpoint just where things began to get out of control. A 2015 autumn tour with The Proclaimers? Supporting Frank Turner at the Royal Albert Hall in support of Teenage Cancer Trust? Being played by Radio 2 , 6Music and Radio X? Perhaps it was just the enormous impact of the album that made people realise they were dealing with an unassuming master of his craft?
Whatever it was, it hardly matters now. Like his songs, his journey has been compelling, poetic and striving for more. 2015 closed with a month-long Frank Turner tour support culminating at London’s Alexandra Palace, where Will firmly cemented himself in the hearts and minds of the adoring crowd. 2016 has started with Will’s largest solo UK tour where many shows sold out; a collision of sound and heart on the Xtra Mile Recordings US tour; and a continually respondent crowd unwilling to leave without one final yelled chorus. From rowdy drinking songs with sprawling chaotic arrangements to his sparse solo performances, Will covers a range of subjects with his trademark sprinkling of social commentary, politics and wry humour. And it's this that has brought him all the success he's had so far.
He's a man who is autonomous. He makes his own videos – including clips for 'Seize the Night', with its 6Music and Radio X plays, and the haunting 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' – co-owns a record label and a festival, and was self-releasing up until last year when he signed with Xtra Mile.
Previously Varley has visited some of the country’s finest music festivals, performing his fiery brand of contemporary folk songs from Kendal Calling to Cambridge Folk Festival and everywhere in between. With a live schedule filling up every day with shows booked on both sides of the pond, and with new fans from around the world joining en masse, the future is bright for this rising star.
Dublin musician Ailbhe Reddy is a singer-songwriter whose deeply personal heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics and a memorable voice lingers with you long after your first taste. Fresh from her stunning performance at OTHER VOICES in Dingle, which will be broadcast on TV early next year, Irish singer–songwriter Ailbhe Reddy has just announced headline shows at The Sugar Club in Dublin on 22nd Feb and Servants Jazz Quarters in London on Feb 15th. After her performance at Other Voices she was selected as the Other Rooms Viewer's Choice!
In 2016 Reddy independently released her hugely successful debut EP 'HOLLOWED OUT SEA'. It has received excellent reviews and extensive radio play on TXFM, Today FM, 98FM and Dublin City FM. Songs from the EP have resulted in over 1 MILLION Spotify streams to date. Ailbhe is tipped for a major international breakthrough in 2017.
The first single, 'DISTRUST' received glowing reviews and lead to Ailbhe being named as Artist of the Week in The Irish Times. Influential UK industry newsletter Record of the Day recently featured the song stating ‘prepare to be floored….it’s wonderful’.
Last year Reddy featured on many major Irish festival line up, such as Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Other Voices, Hard Working Class Heroes, Knockanstockan and Spirit of Folk.
PRESS QUOTES “Prepare to be floored – it’s wonderful.” – Record of the Day, UK “Confident… Orchestral swept, singer-songwriter lead music which has touches of Daughter.” – Nialler9 “Reddy’s stage presence is firm and assured… the overall impression is of an up-and-coming talent ready to run away with the prize.” – Tony Clayton-Lea “endlessly compelling…” – Hannah Thacker, The Most Radical List, UK