October 18, 2015
Warsaw, klub Stodoła – Open Stage
He was born in 1987, in Totnes, to a speech therapist mother and deep sea diver dad. Growing up, he listened to an eclectic mix of music: the seminal folk axis of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn but also blues legends such as BB King and King’s most famous acolyte Eric Clapton as well as Buena Vista Social Club - he even had a hip hop phase. His all-time hero is John Lennon. He studied Commercial Music at Westminster University with the intention of pursuing a career in the music industry, either in law or management. After the death of his friend along with a couple of major events had the galvanising effect of turning his dream of an alternative future as a musician into a reality.
His first professional gig was playing for an artist called Lily Mckenzie, and his next was for rising urban star Delilah. His first solo show was in a pub in Stockwell to a crowd of no more than 20. After a period on the open-mic circuit, Ryan began writing and recording his first EP - with Josh Friend of North London dubstep heroes, Modestep - for early 2010 release. Entitled Aiming For The Sun, it featured Thank You, Chasing Shadows, Primrose Hill and the title track Aiming For The Sun. Ryan signed a deal with Imagem, the world’s largest independent music publishers, and he found management, enabling him to give up his day job with hip shoe company Author.
Finally, in January 2012, he finished the Focus EP, which effectively served as an invitation to appear at many of the major festivals that summer. By 2013, Ryan was supporting Plan B at the iTunes festival and was the only unsigned act appearing on the whole month long bill. He also recorded a live EP and another called Back To The Ocean.
Ryan Keen’s debut album, Room For Light - was self-funded and recorded, largely in a small shed in his garden - Ryan explores the light and shade of life and love, with a series of songs that are remarkable for their subtly rich arrangements and his intimate style of playing and singing - you can hear him draw breath and feel the scrape of his fingers on the fretboard.
Ryan Keen will play at klub Stodoła’s Open Stage on November 18th!
OPEN STAGE (presale) - 78 pln
OPEN STAGE (concert day) - 88 pln