Gavin Ryan

Gavin Ryan

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

“Heady, emotional and a dark night of the soul”. Since releasing his critically acclaimed debut, Broken Blues, in 2006, Dublin troubadour Gavin Ryan has been blazing a trail with his high octane blend of blues, soul and jazz that has drawn comparisons to Tom Waits and Nick Cave.

Biography

“Heady, emotional and a dark night of the soul”. Since releasing his critically acclaimed debut, Broken Blues, in 2006, Dublin troubadour Gavin Ryan has been blazing a trail with his high octane blend of blues, soul and jazz that has drawn comparisons to Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Blood stained ballads, tales of love, death and late nights, delivered with a voice like a steam train at full tilt, and backed up by a fiery trio capable of either inducing pin dropping silence or blowing the wattage off a PA, this is the real deal.

Cooked up at Dublin’s Cauldron studios, Broken Blues was produced by Ryan and ace engineer / producer Ciaran Byrne (U2, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello) and sessioned by the cream of Irish jazz, blues and roots players, Bill Shanley, Brian Connor, Nick Scott and Steve Hogan.

"A young Dubliner with a voice capable of eating Nick Cave for breakfast and an affinity with the blues seemingly unfeasible for such an apparently unassuming young man..."9/10
W & H, March 2007

"...Its an album which immediately stakes his claim as a mature singer/ songwriter, whose muse has arrived fully-formed and fabulous and a record which should cement his reputation as a roots-y troubadour of some repute...But then this album is refreshingly devoid of weakness and stands as a tremendous introduction to an exciting young performer we will surely come to cherish in the near future..."Broken Blues" is heady, emotional and a dark night of the soul youll continue to enjoy long after the sun has come up again." 8/10
Tim Peacock, Whisperin & Hollerin, August 2006

"Sometimes music is more heartfelt when it is created spontaneously, naturally, and without extravagant alteration - this theory is certified by Broken Blues. Recorded over a mere three days in Dublins Cauldron Studios, every chorus is dripping with sincerity, every instrument played with genuine passion. Unquestionably, Ryans debut is a true accomplishment..." 3/3
Sarah-Jane Ryan, Connected, August 2006.

"...Like the cheeky love child of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, for someone so young it's rare to find so much on offer...Mixing the best in Blues / Jazz and Roots it's astounding that someone so young has produced something so old hat, which can easily contend with the ever growing elite of international singer/ songwriters on to go..."
Orla O'Brien, InDublin, October 2006.

Lyrics

On The Line

Written By: Gavin Ryan

Hold your breath and suck my thumb
Lick my teeth with your lovers tongue
Squeeze me tight
Honey won’t you squeeze me tight

Take me down to the river’s edge
Love me there and love me then
Lay me down
Down under a pillowy sky

I’m in love with a gypsy child
She’s in love with a world outside
And it comes as no surprise
Some times we get so high
Kind of lose my sense of time
Strung out on the line

Dragged her claws across my chest
Scratched it ‘till her fingers bled
Threw me out
Out into the big bad night

Watching as the rain did wash
Your memory from the cold sidewalk
And something, something inside of me died

I’m in love with a gypsy child
But she’s in love with a world outside
And it comes as no surprise
Some times we get so high
Kind of lose my sense of time
Strung out on the line

Then sleep child
Sleep child

Broken Blues

Written By: Gavin Ryan

Dogs keep growling, howling at a blood shot moon
Cars keep swirving, dancing to the tail light blues
Tossing my dime on the corner of 17th street
I’ve been waiting on a girl but I guess that she forgot about me

Drinking in an all night bar, gypsy whores with tipped cigars
Up all night and down all day, the sun dance kid sure makes them pay

My eyes keep rolling up inside my head
My lips keep moving, fumbling round a cigarette
I’ve been up so long I can barely see
I’ve been staring at her legs but they’re looking like a pair of trees

Sweating on an un made bed, sleepless nights in cheap motels
Up all night and down all day, the sun dance kid sure makes them pay

Raise my boot heels, stamp them on the ground
Crack my skull and flood my brain with sound
Shake me up and serve me on the rocks
Drink me down and soak me in your guts
Come on child I’m tired and I want to go home
String me up and fill my lungs with smoke
Lazy Jane got fire in her eyes
Bares her teeth and sharpens them with lies

Take me to your midnight room, tie me up in broken blues
Up all night and down all day, the sun dance kid sure makes them pay

The Sweetest Thing

Written By: Gavin Ryan

What do you say
Lets take off today, right now
I’ve saved up some cash
And stolen a car, let’s drive
Out to the west
Out past the swamps of your mind
We’ll find a way
Some sunny day you’ll smile
‘Cause you, are the sweetest thing
You are, the sweetest thing

So come take my hand
It’s late and the moon weeps the sky
And go pack your bags
I’ll meet you out back at sunrise
We’ll run far away
Live by a stream on a farm
And stroll every day
Down past the port, surfside
‘Cause you are the sweetest thing
You are, the sweetest thing

In these autumn days of uncertainty
I want to melt away
Into the warmth of your summer eyes
Oh to hide a while
With you my child
‘Cause you are the sweetest thing
You are, the sweetest thing

Discography

Broken Blues LP, Released 2006.

Set List

Set list duration is anything up to two hours and can include up to 30% covers.
A typical set runs as follows:

1. sweet santa cruz (solo)
2. cover
3. cover
4. on the line
5. the sweetest thing
6. carolina
7. before the money runs out
8. broken blues
9. eskerrik-asko
10. midnight blues
11. lonesome as a cloud
12. roadhouse blues
13. sad brown eyes
14. sadie
15 cover
16. cover
17. rose-anne (solo)
18. tenderness (solo)