Thurs | OPENING NIGHT GALA | Ulumbarra Theatre Fri | Bowling Club | 7.30pm
Sat | Ulumbarra Theatre | 1.30pm

The defining feature of Ryan Downey’s music is his voice; a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan by way of some mid-century crooner.

His debut LP Running is a gloriously constructed 21st-century folk gem, produced by Steven Hassett (Luluc) across New York and Melbourne and released via Barely Dressed Records (2018). Deftly plucked nylon string guitars, mesmerizing baritone, pitter-patter electric beats, electric guitar flourishes and rich synths; Downey’s signature blend of pop, rock and folk forms a world unlike any you’ve heard.

Dubbed “The Voice of Bigsound” (The Music), Downey’s been gathering an audience since performing his own East Coast tours in 2018 and 2016, opening for Sarah Blasko’s national tour (2018), performing at Falls Festival, St Kilda Festival, MONA and selling-out shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

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