Rambling folk singer Will Varley, who this year walked over 500 miles along England’s south coast with a guitar on his back, is gearing up for the release of his third album next year. His last two received rave reviews from The Independent, fRoots & Q magazine and in February the 27 year old singer-songwriter was invited to open for Frank Turner, who described him as “One the best singer-songwriters in the UK.”
His return from the walking tour saw tracks played on BBC Radio 2, 6 & XFM including mentions from Steve Lamacq, Communion Records show and Rob Da Bank. The summer saw Varley visit some of the country’s finest music festivals, performing his fiery brand of contemporary folk songs from Kendal Calling to Cambridge Folk Festival and everywhere in between. He was also invited to play the BBC Introducing stage at 2014’s Secret Garden Party.
In November, Varley was named as one of Time Out’s rising stars of 2015 and soon after he set off on an extensive sixteen date UK tour supporting folk cult legend Beans On Toast. Varley’s high energy live shows, which jump effortlessly from heartbreaking love songs to hilarious shaggy dog stories, are complimented by his self-made music videos that in turn have clocked up hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube and bought attention to his songs from all over the world.
The young troubadour’s third album will see him pushing the boundaries of the ‘one man and a guitar’ format once again. In the past he has attempted such ambitious subjects as a history of the world in under four minutes, and the story of someone’s life from birth to death.
Between touring constantly for the past five years and running his own record label & the sellout Smugglers festival where he’s based in Kent, interest in Will’s third album is already starting to swell with 2015 set to be an amazing year.
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