Will Riding

Singer-songwriter from Chester. A fan of the American college rock bands of the 80s like Miracle legion, his own music leans more heavily towards the English acoustic scene from the 70’s onwards. He cites 70’s TV music as a particular inspiration, including notable composers such as Freddie Phillips and Ralph McTell. He started going to Folk Clubs in the late eighties and, inspired by the young guitarists and writers arriving on the scene, picked up the guitar and started on what was to be a long journey towards writing and performing his own songs. After many years of hearing problems and raising a family, he eventually got back on track, self releasing instrumentals online as a way of brushing up on his guitar playing and general musicianship. He started to write and perform his own songs at The Raven Folk Club in Chester, and eventually moved onto the open mic scene as well. His music is probably best described as personal journeys and musings, inspired by the everyday as experienced by the everyman. His songs reference such things as his family members – including Dave the dog -, Lancashire folk devils, infantile arson, teenage infatuation and shoes, lots of shoes. In April of 2016, his good friend and fellow folk-camper, Chris Jewell twiddled the knobs in a home brewed release called The Ferry Lane EP. This contained “The footwear Trilogy”, A House by The Sea and his only Trad arr. to date, a version of Young Rambleaway. This was brought into existence as he just started gigging his own songs. He continues to write and has slowly built up a body of work that is forever evolving , chronicling the common experiences and everyday observations we all share. He has a festival appearance in the bag and has done support slots for Emma Stevens and Mark Radcliffe’s Galleon Blast. Catch Will Riding twice at the festival - 3:10pm on the Saturday at Old No.7 Bar & 4:50pm (also on the Saturday) at the The Royal Oak.

Old No. 7 Bar / Saturday 12th May / 03:10 PM

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