While some pairings might seem less savory than others, it's a red sky at night for the pairing of Audrey Ryan and Will Dailey, who will play two shows at Club Passim tomorrow night (9/22). Ryan and Dailey share a hard drive to find a niche for themselves in the ever-expanding and complex singer-songwriter market. Dailey's last album, Will Dailey and the Rivals, was released in 2011, while Ryan's last album, Siren's, was released just this past June. In addition, Ryan published a book this last April, The Need to Be Heard, which features several interviews with notable music industry artists and figures about the struggle for a place in the world of music.
According to Ryan, the two independent songwriters met a couple of years ago after being asked to do an East Coast tour with the Brew, themselves big fans of both Ryan and Dailey. "Will and I really enjoyed playing/singing on each others songs and have done so ever since when we can," says Ryan. She and Dailey took to doing the odd cover here and there, before eventually sitting in on one another's tunes. It is an affinity echoed by Dailey, who remarks that working with Ryan has helped him open up to a new audience and vice versa. "In this town you can end up playing in the circle too often," says Dailey, who has not only encountered a new audience through this collision, but more importantly, new songs to love. "I'll definitely be doing (Ryan's) 'No Difference,' I can't see myself not doing that one."
In fact, it was Ryan who first had a foothold in the venerable Club Passim, a club that can be somewhat intimidating to new-comers. And listening to the indie-fuzz, country-twang of her "No Difference," it's clear that she is no folkie cookie-cutter (not that any of Passim's acts are). While Dailey--who typically plays with a band--is somewhat new to the venue, there's no doubt that he can hold his own in the songwriter environment.
“I felt more comfortable than ever saying what I wanted to say," says Dailey of his first experiences playing with Ryan under the free and easy vibe of Passim (where audiences want to commune with performers). "It didn’t disrupt the flow of the night. It even informed what song I would play next.
Saturday's Passim shows will feature a set each by Ryan and Dailey, followed by a set with both together. The two will mix in some covers (Gillian Welch, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel, etc) with some choice originals. According to Dailey, he and Ryan are producing tracks together with no ETA at this time as to what could come of the serendipitous combination. In the meanwhile, check out this video of Ryan and Dailey doing a slightly eerily, almost more-ambient version of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush's 1986 hit "Don't Give Up."
Will Dailey and Audrey Ryan
Saturday, September 22nd
First show 7PM/Second show 9PM
Tickets: www.clubpassim.org $12 advance/$15 day of show
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