As Ryley Walker announces an 11 night tour with Danny Thompson, Getintothis’ Sean Bradbury looks ahead to his show at the Philharmonic Hall’s Music Room.
On the morning of a recent gig in Paris, Ryley Walker took to Twitter with a fairly last minute but nevertheless hopeful request: “Need sick deadly free jazz bassist tonight to play gig hit me up easy loose tunes dead serious.“
While he didn’t get his wish that night – and instead performed an exquisite solo show in support of Kevin Morby – good things have come after a very short wait.
In February next year, Walker will set out on an 11-night UK tour with legendary bass player Danny Thompson.
Given how Ryley purrs, growls, plucks and strums like John Martyn, it makes perfect sense to see him in tandem with the late Scot’s old partner in crime.
As well as playing extensively with Martyn, 76-year-old Danny Thompson has featured on records by Nick Drake, Kate Bush, Davey Graham and Richard Thompson to name but a few.
Many of Walker‘s tunes such as Primrose Green, Same Minds and Sweet Satisfaction would not be out of place on Solid Air or Inside Out, and the timeless pastoral textures that he conjures up will sound even sweeter with Thompson‘s bass darting and sliding through them.
Walker and Thompson arrive at Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room on February 25, the eighth evening of their tour.
By this time they’ll be tuned up, locked in – and it will not be a night to miss.