Ryan O'Reilly, from Southampton, England, is a songwriter whose Irish parentage and English upbringing combine to create a passionate storyteller, with dark humour sewn deep into the fabric of his searingly honest lyrics. Ryan has followed a uniquely meandering path on his musical journey: starting by performing at open-mic nights in Toronto as a teenager, graduating to street busking in London. This quickly grew popular enough to inspire fan-booked European tours and paying for studio time with the crumpled fivers made when not running away from the police.
Ryan's reputation as a songwriter grew and the adventure took another unexpected turn, which resulted in signing to Qatar's first indie label, DNA records. His music collaborations with producer David Granshaw and band mate Tyler Kyte have lead to a depth of sound that takes the songs into a world of their own and far beyond the simple tag of singer-songwriter. Ryan's style of writing delves into detail and circumstance, fatalism and symbolism, like open letters, told unfalteringly by Ryan's unmistakable vocal. Creating a tension between melancholy and defiance whilst possessing a swirling undercurrent of a wistful and twisted worldview that manifests itself in the schadenfreude Ryan unleashes at his live shows and the poetry of his records, reviews often mention tears of laughter and sadness in equal measure.
Currently living in Berlin, 30-year-old Ryan O'Reilly released his first full studio album 'The Northern Line' on DNA Records. Featuring string arrangments from BBC composer Blair Mowat and spawning a collaboration with Hamburg DJs Inselberg. The album was recorded on the Isle of Wight at Chale Abbey Studios.'The Northern Line' explores myriad experiences and the mixture of emotions that come from living with and leaving a city, a person and the odyssey of your twenties. Ryan's music has moved beyond wearing its influences on its sleeve, but there are echoes both musically and poetically of English angst, Irish nostalgia and classic Americana. Ryan has toured solo across Europe with Lissie, King Charles, Arkells, Rural Alberta Advantage, Matthew & The Atlas and performed many times in Canada with Toronto-based super-group Dwayne Gretzky.
‘The Northern Line’ is out everywhere 6th May 2016 (Digital and 12” Vinyl) 'The Churches Tour' of Northern Europe begins March 8th 2017 in Berlin and concludes April 6th in Winchester. Support from The O'Pears (Canada) - tour dates and tickets at www.ryanoreilly.uk
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