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"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.


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Management: Kate Adams @ Fresh Air Artist Management /

Record Label: Katie Besgrove @ Barely Dressed Records /

Publicity: Sweetie Zamora @ Remote Control /

Publishing: Grant Gillies @ Gaga /