We caught up with contemporary folk artist Ryley Walker ahead of his much anticipated collaboration show with Danny Thompson in the Courtyard this Friday 19th February. Read more below…
How old were you when you first started playing guitar and writing music?
About 13 or 14 before I started making my own tunes.
You are often compared with 60’s and 70’s musicians such as Bert Jansch, John Martyn and Tim Buckley. Is this the kind of music that you were exposed to by your parents growing up?
Not at all. Had to dig through the crates for that stuff.
We’ve read that you started out playing in punk bands; can you tell us about the transition from that to the more jazz/folk oriented stuff?
Well I guess I never just listened to one type of thing. I discovered a lot of hip hop and jazz and folk around the same age, just a sponge for anything and everything. Guitar playing just stuck with me, I still love it all though.
Danny Thompson has performed and recorded with folk and jazz greats during his eclectic career. How did the collaboration on your most recent album Primorose Green and subsequent tour come about?
I had always dreamed of jamming with Danny. He’s a real hero and a good friend. Over time some ideas went back and forth and now it’s finally coming to fruition. Couldn’t be happier.
Which artists have you been listening to recently?
New Tortoise record
What can Birmingham audiences expect from your show with Danny Thompson at the Rainbow on Friday 19th February?
An evening of pure bliss. Hopefully good friends all over. Can’t wait.
RYLEY WALKER & DANNY THOMPSON PLAY THE RAINBOW COURTYARD ON FRIDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2016, WITH SUPPORT FROM MEG BAIRD. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.