New York to Nashville
Scottish singer-songwriter’s knock to the head helps him finally find his own voice for debut album (05/04/2017)
Scottish musician, singer-songwriter, Ryan Joseph Burns, 27, launches his debut album ‘Absence’ in New York today (Wednesday, April 5) at exclusive Scot’s owned Norwood Club in Manhattan, exactly the spot he was and four years to the day he was hit by a Taxi and rushed to hospital.
“One of the tracks on the album, ‘Oh Manhattan’, is the story of when I was knocked down by a cab literally outside The Norwood Club in New York and rushed to hospital after a severe knock to the head. I have never experienced fear like it. It’s funny to go back four years later and debut my first album, which is a little scary too but I am really looking forward to it!”
Ryan is set to return for his hometown launch at St Lukes in Glasgow, on Wednesday, April 12 where he will be supported by Scottish Album of the Year singer- songwriter, Kathryn joseph who is singing on the title track of his new album, ‘Absence’
“I couldn’t believe when Kathryn said yes to singing on the album, never mind agreeing to a live performance at the album launch. My aunt Jerry Burns is also singing on one of my tracks along with my brothers who I grew up singing with at family parties A big tradition in the Burns household.”
His album launch will be presented by Roddy Hart (and the Lonesome Fire) and he will be supported at St Luke’s by his regular band mates: keyboard player, Tommy Reilly, acoustic guitarist, Michael Cassidy, drummer Gordon Turner and bassist Alan Langdon and electric guitarist, John Martin.
Burns is a regular at BBC Live at The Quay Sessions, he has played guitar and sang with Craig Armstrong at the Royal Concert Hall and singing on Hue and Cry’s new album and is highly regarded as supportive and talented performer throughout Scotland’s music scene.
This debut album has been four to five years in the making and although Ryan had performed some of the material as he was developing it, he couldn’t quite pinpoint what he felt was quite sitting right with him. Returning from New York, and his knock to the head, while demo-ing in 2014, he stopped singing with an Americana accent and switched to singing in his own Scottish accent and finally identified what he had felt unsure about.
“Growing up, my absolute heroes were James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, Gregory Alan Isakov, and Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson and I naturally developed an Americana accent like so many Scottish artists do and do it really well, but for me, it began to feel a bit disingenuous. As soon as I started singing in my own accent, the rest of the album just came so easily. I think the accident in New York may have knocked some sense into me.”
Ryan looks set to play Nashville later in the year and is currently negotiating a licensing deal for his album in Europe.
Tickets for St Lukes free launch event are available from http://www.stlukesglasgow.com/whats-on/