Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker, Tim Kinsella

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker

Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker's colorful and inspired duo continues to evolve. The guitarist-songwriters expand on their restless, exploratory nature & the psych-folk-blues-raga mix that populated their critically-lauded 2015 record Land of Plenty by diving headlong into an even wider panorama in their ongoing tandem creative journey. This show celebrates the release of their 2nd full-length recording, SpiderBeetleBee, out October 20th on Drag City. For this show, the duo will be playing music from both records, as well as recent & as-yet-unrecorded compositions. MacKay and Walker's concerts are cinematic music-making that is not to be missed.

"…this guitar masterclass from MOJO rising star Walker and Pittsburgh songwriter MacKay meanders through fuzzy coptic blues, waltzes and spellbinding psych haze." - Andrew Male, MOJO

"Land of Plenty – a fantastic new recording culled from the duo’s series…. potent traces of Indian classical ragas, American primitive fingerpicking, old-timey mountain music, and traditional British folk course through the pair’s tightly integrated playing, bits of improvisation showing their almost preternatural interaction and subtle give-and-take…." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

photo: Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker (L>R) by Sean Hopkins

Tim Kinsella

Tim Kinsella started making records and touring with punk bands while still a teenager. And now in his forties, that same energy has expanded into a multitude of outlets across mediums, all unified by his tragicomic sensibility. He is primarily known for leading the ever-evolving and never-complacent collective Joan of Arc. As a solo artist he has released both beat-oriented and abstract electronic records. But performing live solo, he most often prefers to play “songs” with the skeletal setup of just electric guitar and voice with little to no effects, using knotty clusters and abundant amounts of empty space to frame the language that remains at the music’s core.

“Tim Kinsella threads the sessions together with his absurd deadpan humor and fondness for sonic collage—on the title track he nonchalantly juggles post-Fahey fingerstyle guitar and careening postpunk, and "Fasting" juxtaposes scraping percussion and gurgling analog synth. At this point trying to pin the guy down is futile; it's better to just open your ears to whatever he's going to pull next.” Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader


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