Ric Birtill
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Ric Birtill

Preston, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | SELF

Preston, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2017
Solo Folk Americana




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Benefit Street - Single

The Eye E.P. 



Stylistically taking influence from the psychedelic likes of The Incredible String Band, and the experimental art-punk of The Fall, Ric Birtill's music is a patchwork of off-kilter folk that has drawn in the plaudits from numerous sources.

Ric’s deeply personal song-writing has many tongue-in-cheek moments alongside macabre themes; expressed with the utilisation of a 5 octave vocal range and dynamic guitar playing. His huge character and humorous manor transcends performance, inviting the audience to be drawn into his own cynical and lovesick universe. 

It is on the live circuit that Ric has crafted his art and built his reputation. He has travelled far and wide, completing European and UK tours and appearing at festivals including T in The Park, Solfest, Brampton, Hebden Bridge Folk Roots, Musicport and Kendal Calling to name but a few. He has supported the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Ade Edmondson, Adam Green and the cast of Red Dwarf. He has also recorded a number of his songs in Nashville on the invitation of top session musician and producer Chris Donohue who has worked alongside the likes of Ben Folds and Emmylou Harris.

In 2017 Ric released ‘The Eye EP’, on his own label Sic Turtle Records. It received rave reviews from the critics, many of whom are sighting Ric as ‘one to watch’. His single from the EP, ‘?’ is currently being championed by Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6, (who has put the single on two playlists) and FATEA, who have included it on their Showcase Compilation..

Ric Birtill is currently working on his next recording.



 “It’s so refreshing when something genuinely new, fresh and a little bit startling comes along. Ric Birtill ticks all three boxes” – Spiral Earth

"The best song writing to have come out of Lancashire"- Alan Whitiker (solfest organiser)


“Ric Birtill hi-jacked our guerrilla music festival and smashed seven shades of faeces out of our assembled masses.” – Ear music, London.

“Birtill is an artist that really does write to his strengths and the results are fascinating. I want to see and hear more off Ric Birtill.” – FATEA Magazine

“Ric works hard and has the courage to really search out subjects that reflect his day to day reality. A brilliant songwriter with a sometimes uncomfortable edge” – Luke Hannam (bass player of Gramme)





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