Saturday evening at the Famous Spiegeltent was to be our last Sydney Festival event this year. And we always try to take in a Spiegeltent show as the atmosphere and lighting normally make for a special show. The best artist that was playing this venue this year I believe was Chicago guitarist Ryley Walker. And it turned out to be a good choice as his show was very enjoyable. A great display of soulful singing and expert guitar playing. It certainly was a good way to spend a Saturday.
Ryley Walker is an extremely talented guitarist whose finger picking style is fast and furious and very skillful. His music has edges of jazz and is very rhythmical. His singing is soulful and comforting. He was accompanied on stage by a double bass player who added the right touches. He played a variety of songs from his catalogue and included a Bert Jansch cover, a singer he sometimes compared to. He is also likened to Tim Buckley. Which I can see. But Ryley is definitely his own talent. Indeed, a man of great talent.
Age Old Tale
I Feel Free
The Great and Undecided
Build Another Band (Bert Jansch cover)
Good Posture For Peace
Funny Thing She Said