Manchester Folk Festival 2022: Will Varley at o2 Ritz Manchester
Manchester Folk Festival 2022: Will Varley
O2 Ritz Manchester
15th October 2022
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Singer-songwriter Will Varley has come a long way since his early days haunting the open mics of South London and busking around on The Underground. Following the release of his 2018 studio album ‘The Spirit of Minnie’, his UK tour drew to a close with a triumphant show at London’s legendary Shepherd’s Bush Empire.
Will has toured relentlessly across Europe and America as support act for Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Valerie June and The Proclaimers and he’s sold out his own headline shows in cities as far afield as Berlin, Zurich, Amsterdam and Vienna. High praise from the likes of Tim Minchin and Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention have helped fan the flames, as his audience continues to grow both on the road and online. His self-made music videos have clocked up millions of views on YouTube and the song ‘Seize The Night’ is fast approaching seven million streams on Spotify.
There is a depth to his song writing that sets Will apart, and has propelled his music far and wide. From songs like ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ which tells the heart-wrenching story of an Angolan immigrant attempting to enter the UK, to the hyper-engaging ‘Weddings and Wars’ in which he attempts a history of the world in under four minutes, Varley’s songs seem to transcend themselves, marrying vivid imagery, politics, emotion and surrealism to capture his musings in a way that is quite remarkable. As time goes by more and more people are discovering Will Varley, joining the ranks, and finding a true artist, a poet and a source of truth in a world gone mad.
Varley’s latest album ‘The Hole Around My Head’ was released in October 2021 via Yellow Cake, a label established by veteran producer Cameron McVey.
Will’s music has been played extensively on 6Music, Radio X and Radio 1. He was named one of NPR’s ‘Austin 100’ at SXSW festival in Texas, and his albums have reached number two in the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts in the UK, number three in Germany and made the top 30 in the US.
“One of the best songwriters in the UK” Frank Turner