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IF you ask musician Ryan Giles where he lives, he can never really give you a straight answer.While he calls Bundaberg his “base”, the roaming musician often spends his winters in the southern states busking and performing to tourists and backpackers at popular ski resorts. And for the rest of the year, Ryan travels between Bundaberg and Sydney, busking, surfing, sharing and learning music with others.He is one of only a few remaining young musicians that are brave, free-spirited and talented enough to live off their music.Ryan said music was his only real job since finishing school, and while it can be tough, especially now with a wife and two-year-old son, Ryan is enjoying his latest venture at Rockhampton’s Heritage Hotel, where he rules the Corner Stage every week from Wednesday to Sunday.The young singer/ songwriter yesterday said the venue had a good vibe and the revellers were responsive to his original songs and covers – and he is destined to stay until at least the end of the year.“A lot of places I’ve played, tourist destinations and rural areas, people can be a little put off by original music, but I’m getting a good response which I am pretty happy with,” he said.“I am looking forward to settling in one spot. It should be good for me and I can write a new album.”Already the 27-year-old has two albums under his belt; the first to the sound of acoustic reggae roots music, and his newly released Ivanhoe Express; with a more country, blues and soul sound.He only just finished a national tour of his latest album before gaining the spot at the popular hotel.General manager Leigh Devlin said he was proud to support live music and have “one of Australia’s best acoustic artists” as a resident act.“Ryan is a freak – at five-foot-nothing, no-one expects him to have such an incredible voice,” he said. “Ryan is the ultimate one-man show – guitar, harmonica, keys, bass, percussion and, of course, the big voice.” - The Morning Bulletin


Discography

Ryan Giles- (E.P) The Daily Harp 2006
Ryan Giles- (Album) Ivanhoe Express 2011

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After Completion of new album " Ivanhoe Express" january 2011,
Ryan has been busy touring the east coast of Australia from Cairns to Kosciusko, playing all sorts of shows from Festivals and street performing to bars and beach parties.

If you have been lucky enough to catch Ryan Giles at one of his shows, you may have thought," big voice" or "neat sounding trio",
only to look on stage and see a 5 ft nothing kid, working his guitar, keeping freakishly tight rhythm with his feet, while belting out everything on his mind, hardly stopping for breath before tearing it up on his hohner blues harp.

Ryan has been writing and performing music since he was 15, playing in all sorts of lineups over the years, but always keeping busy with his own projects behind the scenes.

Living in rural Queensland for most of his adolescent life made it hard at times to find others as passionate or driven to work with for any extended period of time, leading Ryan to become somewhat of a multi-tasker, honing his skills of guitar, vocals and percussion into a full sounding act on his own.

Moving away from simply strumming the acoustic,Ryan discovered ways to create rhythms through fingerpicking techniques and unusual strumming patterns.

Now back behind the drawing board for album number 3, Ryan is taking his acoustic folky/blues brews to new levels with the introduction of keys, bass and percussion to his already impressive one man show striving to push his personal limits calling on his band only to join him rather than prop him up.

From country blues or reggae to spine tingling acoustic soul, Ryan's music has taken on a life of its own as he vows never to pigeonhole himself into the one genre.
At 27 years of age with two self funded albums to his credit and finding a group of talented friends who have finally completed the lineup for his band, Ryan's ever-growing fan base are left wondering what is to be expected on the next album?