“Darkly comic, often politically charged and always emotionally loaded,” says the blurb about Will Varley and his UK-wide autumn tour. And you only have to put an ear to his tunes, like We Don’t Believe You to raise a wry smile while denying that dread in your heart.
“The next generation”
Donovan has described Will as “The next generation”, completely ignoring the likes of Billy Bragg, Tim Minchin and Frank Turner, who are also among his fans. But it does point to the strident emotional up ‘n’ at’em approach that Will’s tunes inspire.
Spirit of Minnie
Will released his 5th studio album, “Spirit of Minnie”, with a packed out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February. He then spent the first part of this year playing his new album live around the world, touring extensively in the US, appearing at SXSW festival in Texas and selling out venues across the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy.
After a busy summer
Culminating at London’s stunning Round Chapel in Hackney, this brand new tour will come after a busy summer of shows including appearances at Bearded Theory, BoomTown Fair, Green Man and the wonderful Cropredy Festival (at the request of members of Fairport Convention themselves).
Spirit Of Minnie marks a distinct change of direction for the singer songwriter (we’re back in the blurb again), being the first time he has recorded with a full backing band. Produced by Cameron McVey (Massive Attack, Portishead, Neneh Cherry), the new album expands on the pared back musical palette of Will’s previous sound, all the while retaining his gift for painterly, affirming and immediate lyric writing.
10 – NORWICH EPIC STUDIOS
11 – CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION 2
12 – DERBY THE VENUE
13 – PLYMOUTH RED HOUSE THEATRE
16 – YORK NCEM
17 – NEWCASTLE CLUNY
18 – MANCHESTER THE RITZ
19 – GLASGOW STEREO
20 – SHEFFIELD THE LEADMILL
21 – DEAL THE ASTOR THEATRE
23 – BATH KOMEDIA
24 – BRIGHTON THE HAUNT
25 – PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS
26 – STROUD BRUNEL GOODS SHED
27- LLANDRINDOD WELLS PAVILION MID WALES
03 – LONDON ROUND CHAPEL
Tickets are on sale now via https://www.tix.to/WillVarleyUKTour