|Ryley Walker in Toma 3, Gijon, Spain - Photo, D.Mainwood|
Ryley Walker is gigging around Spain this July and turned up at the Bar / Book shop Toma 3 in Gijon to play an informal lunchtime acoustic set.
Although he started late due to some kind of road accident / traffic hold-up on the way, Ryley played a pretty relaxed set that went down well with the mixed audience of local musicians, hardcore fans and families with kids.
He's an impressive guitarist who brings to mind Davy Graham as well as Bert Jansch, Tim Buckley and more recently, especially on the new album Primrose Green, John Martyn.
I reviewed his first album All Kinds Of You on this blog last year - it's an excellent debut debut - but the new album goes way beyond into jazz territory that Martyn only hinted at on his early 70s Island albums. With its swirling jazz rhythms and pastoral English folk ambiance, it's one of my favourite albums of the year so far - and excellent summer listening. Check it out if you haven't heard it yet.
But anyway, here is a selection of Ryley's acoustic set in a packed bar in Gijon on a cloudy, muggy afternoon in July.
If I Were A Carpenter
The West Wind
More stranger than known
"All Kinds Of You" - Ryley Walker's debut continues the folk tradition of Bert Jansch, Davy Graham and Tim Buckley
Asturian Jazz: The Xaime Arias Trio at the Alambique, Gijon, Spain 7/8/2014
Fairport Convention Bouton Rouge Sessions
The Cool Sound of Asturian Jazz - Carlos Pizarro...
UCSC Dorm Tape 1967 - Who is the mystery singer?