Debut Album 'Running' Out Now
The defining feature of Ryan Downey’s music is his voice; a jaw-dropping amalgamation of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan by way of some mid-century crooner. His 2018 debut album Running is a glorious and perfectly constructed 21st century folk gem, revealing an artist capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint all within a single, composed breath. Produced by Steve Hassett (Luluc) across New York and Melbourne, Running reveals Downey as a timeless talent.
2018 was a breakout year for the Melbourne art-folk artist. He undertook his first UK/EU tour (supporting Marlon Williams); Running was long-listed in the Australian Music Prize; he was awarded the 2018 Upstart Award; he played sold-out headline shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney; undertook a national tour with Sarah Blasko and released the dynamic stand-alone single 'No More Miracles' in September.
Ryan Downey is currently writing his sophomore album and will be touring nationally with Tiny Ruins in May.