The Verse’s Louise Conway previews Will Varley ahead of his show at Brighton’s Komedia on the 17th November.
Off the back of five US shows, accompanied by cult folk singer Beans on Toast’, Will Varley will be hitting Brighton’s Komedia for the penultimate gig of his autumn tour. However, it hasn’t always been American shows with friends. Varley has trodden (literally, to a great extent) a long path to get here.
Will Varley is possibly as exciting as British folk gets. He has an undeniable talent as a songwriter. No topic is too serious or too futile, as Varley seems to effortlessly tackle any imaginable topic with wit and heartfelt sincerity. The humour in Talking Cat Blues, which can then be followed by the profoundly moving King For A King makes Varley an incredibly talented, and unforgettable musician.
Having busked his way around London and sung at as many open-mic nights as possible, it was in the Kentish seaside town of Deal where Varley’s talents were allowed to show through. In 2011, Varley recorded and toured his debut album Advert Soundtracks. The tour started in London, then Varley walked a hundred and thirty miles back down south with his guitar, playing anywhere that would have him.
With his second album As The Crow Flies, Varley took to his feet again walking and touring his songs again down the south coast. All these miles of walking it is no wonder Varley was invited to support 500 Miles singers The Proclaimers throughout two of their tours.
Come the 17th November, Brighton will be experiencing something special. An emotional rollercoaster if ever the phrase was more fitting. If you are questioning Varley’s talents then listen to Weddings and Wars, as Varley gives a brief history of the entire world in under four minutes (better yet, watch with the music video, An 8-bit History of The World) proving him to be a great storyteller as well as songwriter.
Will Varley’s biggest headline show to-date, Union Chapel in London has already sold out, so don’t miss out on seeing him in Brighton while you can.
Will Varley plays Brighton’s Komedia on the 17th November 2016. Advance price tickets are £10, available here.