The first review of Ryan's debut CD is out and it doesn't get much better than this;
James Ross’s solo piano and Leo Forde’s chunky guitar are the icing on the cake; they complement Ryan’s inventive and inspiring violin mastery so that the wonderful sound just takes flight, soars and swoops. Ryan’s bow-work is an absolute delight, whether he is coaxing the instrument on the slow airs (like ‘The Back Of The Change House’, ‘Ryan’s Despair’ or ‘The Irish Girl’), the delicate but forceful strathspeys (‘The Rothiemurcas Rant/Mrs Robertson Grishornish’) or giving it free rein in the wild and joyful reels (‘Lamberton Races or Col. Renton’s Favourite’ – Leo complements with Ryan so stupendously well that the listener could be forgiven for mistakenly imagining they were hearing the Hayes-Cahill duo.)
..............I’ll add my two-penn’orth by saying that Ryan’s ground-breaking and exploratory style is a welcome breath of fresh air in a vigorous and healthy Celtic culture that is absolutely dripping with super-fine music.
Ryan's album is to be officially release on the 11th August 2017. Ryan will be launching the album at Feakle Festival, County Clare, Ireland and guitarist Dennis Cahill has kindly agreed to accompany Ryan.
The CD will be available, via this website, direct from Ryan in the preceding weeks to the official launch. Sign up to the newsletter to be kept invormed.
Ryan's album is now complete and mastered, just got the artwork to finish. It should be available in the next few weeks.
Ryan's album release is getting nearer. Here's a video of one of the tracks; 'My Irish Lass' with accompaniment by James Ross on piano.
Ryan plays support at the Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow for Martin Hayes. One person (thank you Brad Keithley) wrote afterwards.
I have written on these pages before how hugely impressed I am by the trad talent that is coming out of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As I have said before the group from there that Phil Cunningham and Jenn Butterworth brought over last year to Celtic Colours International Festival was my personal "best new group" of the year. And Conservatoire alum Hannah Rarity became an instant favorite last year when she appeared as the lead vocalist with Cherish the Ladies at their holiday season performances with the Anchorage Concert Association and Fairbanks Concert Association.
But as good as all of those were, my jaw literally dropped tonight listening to Ryan Young. Accompanied by Jenn, he gave an absolutely amazing performance. And it wasn't just me. Each set was followed by an extended ovation from a packed room and, while maybe it is customary here, it had been a long, long time since I had seen an opening act given a standing ovation at the end of their set, and called back to the stage for one more bow.
As I (and no doubt a large number of others) told him as I thanked him at the end of the evening, I am absolutely confident I am going to be finding ways to hear him again often in the future.
What a way to kick off my first Celtic Connections. If that's what's in store for this week, I will be happy to take a good bit of sleep deprivation to take it all in. You won't regret putting him on your "must see" list going forward.
Ryan wins the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016 'Up and Coming Artist of the Year'. Hailed by many as the most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar, Hands Up for Trad gave out awards to the best talent in Scottish traditional music at a ceremony in Dundee on Saturday 3rd December.
Ryan is featured in a double page spread in The Living Tradition Magazine.
Celtic Life Magazine, with a readership of around 1 million people, published a full page article on Ryan in their December edition.
At the end of August Ryan recorded his first album with producer Jesse Lewis. He was accompanied by James Ross on Piano and Leo Forde on guitar. The recordings took place in the real acoustic environment of a small theatre and are recorded to the highest audophile standards. More details here.
Though he's only just completed his Master's degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish fiddle player Ryan Young is already drawing international attention. Boston-based music producer Jesse Lewis has agreed to produce Ryan's debut album of traditional Scottish tunes, and flew across the Atlantic this May to join Ryan in an adventure to find a suitable recording venue.
Jesse Lewis and Ryan Young at Loch Lomond. May 2016.
In his first recording venture on UK soil, Jesse plans to bring his infectious positive spirit to the recording of Ryan's album. This collaboration will place Ryan Young among a list of world-class musicians who have worked with Jesse, including The Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Bela Fleck, Jan Vogler and Brooklyn Rider. Before Jesse returns in the Autumn to record his album, Ryan has a busy summer of performances, including an appearance at the prestigious Willie Clancy Festival (Milton Malbay, Co. Clare).
The recording is scheduled for September 2016 with a release scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.
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