"Downey's seductive baritone can melt steel beams, so it will turn your knees to butter, guaranteed - ★★★★1/2" - The Music
“Terrifyingly beautiful…This is artfolk at its best.” - The Daily Indie, Netherlands
“A voice that will not be compared to any other.” - Rocknfool, France
"Ryan Downey plays by his own rules on 'Running' - a completely compelling debut." - Happy Mag
"In case it wasn't public knowledge yet let me make it clear; this dude's got one of the best voices in the country." - Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J Unearthed
"There aren't very many artists who defy expectation, but Ryan Downey is one of those people" - Henry Wagons, Double J
"The Voice of Bigsound 2016" - The Music
"One of Australia's most exciting new singers" - Broadsheet
"Ryan Downey alludes classification...One of the finest singer-songwriters we've heard in a while." - Happy Mag
The defining feature of Ryan Downey’s music is his voice; a jaw-dropping, unmistakable baritone that drives his gloriously-crafted songwriting.
Downey blends intrigue and intimacy in his stunning 2018 debut album Running. Long-listed in the Australian Music Prize, it’s a standout debut that reveals an artist capable of balancing cheek and sincerity, classicism and swagger and grandeur and restraint, all within a single composed breath.
Whether performing solo or accompanied by his band, the Melbourne Art-folk artist has won the hearts of audiences worldwide with his mesmerising stage presence following a UK/EU tour supporting Marlon Williams, national tours with Emma Louise, Tiny Ruins and Sarah Blasko, sold-out headline shows, performances at Falls Festival, MONA, BIGSOUND and more.
Ryan is currently writing his anticipated sophomore album. Running is available worldwide via Barely Dressed Records.