Warrilow: There comes a time…..

Rhys Bethell is a musician who performs his music under the name Warrilow.  Formerly based in Sheffield, in 2013 he relocated to Newcastle.  He is preparing to release his first EP of studio recordings.  It will be called Chief and it’s been a long time coming….

There are three things to know about Rhys Bethell – he has a captivating voice; his dexterity on a guitar is mesmerising; and he deserves recognition.  He’s moving to Newcastle, which makes me sad because Sheffield is losing a true talent”.
Toast, Issue 40

Rhys Bethell, the artist now known as Warrilow (photo: Gerard F Morgan)

I first got to know Rhys in 2008 when we worked together in Sheffield.  Despite him being nearly young enough to be my son, we soon struck up a friendship and would chat about all sorts including a shared love of music.  He revealed that he was a singer and guitarist but seemed somewhat reticent to share his muse with the wider world, satisfied to sit at home tinkering in his bedroom studio.  After some sustained encouragement from family, friends and work colleagues he eventually ventured into the live arena.

Occasionally performing on the same bill, I saw hints of the performer he would become.  His guitar playing style was already fully formed, his dexterous spider-like fingers adventurously exploring the fretboard bringing to mind the playing of Nick Drake and Jose Gonzalez.  His voice in those early days gave away the nerves within.  This was somewhat surprising because when you meet him he exudes such an easy going nature.  If only he could channel that into his music and performance….

Well it seemed all that was needed was some more of that stuff called life and experience.  Leaving our shared workplace Rhys set off on his travels finding inspiration in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Thailand returning with a tattoo and an awakened verve.  He studied for a Creative Writing degree at the University of Sheffield and joined a band for a while, slowly finding his own creative voice.

By the time he opened for The Janskys, when we launched our LP in July 2013, the transformation was long complete.  His voice had a maturity and the melodies of his newer songs matched the guitar virtuosity.  He was also at ease with the crowd.

“As expected the evening got off to a wonderful start with a spellbinding set by Rhys Bethell accompanying himself on the Spanish guitar made for him by his partner’s father.  A beautiful instrument beautifully played.  The crowd were held captive to this young man’s unassuming delivery of incredibly intricate vocal and guitar melodies”.
Sawayaka Sheffield July 2013

Warrilow, the artist formerly known as Rhys Bethell (photo: Gerard F Morgan)

Warrilow, the artist formerly known as Rhys Bethell (photo: Gerard F Morgan)

He describes his music as ghost-folk: inspired by traditional folk, story-telling and poetry, building songs around atmosphere based upon melodic playing and metrical lyrics.

You can hear some examples on his Soundcloud page.

Since moving to Newcastle Rhys/Warrilow has become more focused on his music, posting regularly on YouTube – including a brave and enchanting version of John Lennon’s Imagine.

 

 

One eye on the Green Man Festival

One eye on the Green Man Festival

He has featured on BBC Radio Newcastle, has ambitions to play the Green Man Festival and is now set to release his EP ‘Chief‘ recorded at Loft Music studios in Newcastle with producer Liam Gaughan.  In his own words….  “These tunes took every ounce to write, and I’d love to see them realised fully: as a beautiful CD that I can put into your hands.  This music is very important to me, it would mean worlds to me to send them out as more than just wavelengths and pixels”.

So, Warrilow has launched a ‘Kickstarter’ campaign for fans and patrons to help fund the pressing of the CD.  It’s an innovative way of getting your music out there, engaging your followers and making them part of the music making process.  Donations for pre-orders can be made between £3 and £23 and there is a deadline of 30 days for the campaign to reach the initial target of £1400.  This will ensure the project is funded.

Artwork for the 'Chief' EP

Artwork for the ‘Chief’ EP

 

The great news is that the money pledged has already passed the target after only three days since the launch; indeed, as things stand, Warrilow could well exceed the modest amount he had hoped to raise.

 

 

It’s easy to sign up, which you can do here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1380708546/chief-a-studio-ep-by-warrilow

By donating to the project we can help Warrilow release the Chief EP and possibly give him the scope to plan beyond this recording – to the next step along his creative path.

C’mon…. Let’s spread the joy!

DS
April 2015

 

Some further information/contacts for Warrilow:

Twitter: @Warrilowmusic

Facebook: facebook.com/warrilowmusic

Tumblr: warrilowmusic.tumblr.com

Janskys’ drummer in London-Paris charity bike ride

Live is where they really come into their own, and they look thoroughly humbled to be onstage playing their carefully crafted songs in a manner that was tighter than Bradley Wiggins shorts.

From TOAST, issue 40, live review of The Janskys.

On closer inspection the comment linking The Janskys to cycling royalty Sir Bradley Wiggins is more appropriate than you’d think.  It is well known amongst the band’s inner circles that singer Pat is a keen cyclist having completed the coast to coast (C2C) cross Pennine trail last year and already completing two Triathlons this year.  Producer Colin has also been known to head out into the countryside on a two wheeled vehicle with no motor racking up many miles for…   fun?

Now, it turns out Liam, the band’s drummer,  has been picking up the cycling bug too building up his calves and thighs on the quiet and will be undertaking an epic London to Paris charity bike ride on 4th-8th September.2013-05-24 12.25.13

Here’s Liam to explain:
I will cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust.  They are UK based charity that provide infomation, research education and support for people, families and friends affected by MS.  I work as a Multilple Sclerosis Nurse Specialist in Sheffield and have first hand experience of this autoimmune disease that affects some 100, 000 people in the UK. 

For more information contact www.mstrust.org.uk

I have never in my life tried anything like this before and it’s something I have to do not only for myself but for people with MS.  Please donate what you can as I ‘haul my ass’ across France “.

If you’d like to sponsor Liam please do so here:
uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/liamrice

Liam will be swopping the drummer's stool for a bike saddle for 4 days - OUCH! (photo by Kitty)

Liam will be swopping the drummer’s stool for a bike saddle for 4 days – OUCH! (photo by Kitty)

Another part of Liam’s fundraising efforts is an evening of live soul, blues and Motown on Friday 16th August at the Cross Scyths Pub www.crossscythes.co.uk, under the guise of Dee & The Myelinations
featuring Moony and Kitty from Liam’s other band Speed For Lovers and Stu from The Sharpbeats (& recently seen playing bass for The Janskys) and guests.  So get on down to get on down!

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We wish Liam all the best in his amazing efforts for a fantastic cause.  All we ask is that he keeps the lycra for the saddle and not the drummer’s stool…. Seriously, Pat doesn’t need any encouragement to introduce the stretchy rather unflattering fabric into The Janskys stage wear!!

Addendum: With regards to cycling and not wanting to be left out, Damian has revealed that he watched some of the cycling on TV at last year’s Olympics and that his house is on the proposed route when the Tour de France wends its way through Yorkshire in 2014.

New Live Review & more photos from launch gig

Following the success of last month’s LP launch gig for WHEN SILENCE SPEAKS by The Janskys at Shakespeares, we thought we’d share a few more of Gerard Morgan’s photographs of the evening to tie in with the publication of the August issue of TOAST magazine which features a review of the night in question.
The Janskys L-R: Liam, Pat, Stu, Damian  (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

The Janskys L-R: Liam, Pat, Stu, Damian (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Rhys Bethell accompanied by Laura Thompson (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Rhys Bethell accompanied by Laura Thompson (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

The Janskys at Shakespeares 12th July 2013 (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

The Janskys at Shakespeares 12th July 2013 (photo by Gerard F Morgan)

Since the launch gig our good friend and special guest on the night, Rhys Bethell,  has moved to Newcastle on his next big adventure and we wish him and Rosie all the best further up country.

The free issue 40 of TOAST Magazine is widely available throughout Sheffield.  The online version of the review can be read here:
http://www.toastmagazine.net/reviews/live/the-janskys-the-shakespeare-12713/

Currently the band is taking a few weeks off after a hectic few months. Pat has headed off to Cornwall for a spot of surfing, Damian will be heading to the Green Man Festival and Liam is preparing for his bike trek from London to Paris on 4th September in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust (more about this in our next blog).

New Review of When Silence Speaks…. LP released tomorrow!!

With the imminent release of  When Silence Speaks by The Janskys on 29th June 2013, (yes that’s tomorrow…..   did we mention that the LP is out tomorrow, Saturday 29th June??) we are pleased to share another review of the LP, this time published by Sheffield’s TOAST magazine.

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http://www.toastmagazine.net/reviews/albums/the-janskys-when-silence-speaks/

Also, just a reminder of tomorrow’s launch event at Rare and Racy where you can hear the LP in full, buy the CD and your launch gig tickets and have a chance to win a 12″ canvas print of the artwork.

https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/2013/06/01/when-silence-speaks-cd-release-event-saturday-29th-june-2013/

If you cannot make the event tomorrow you can purchase the CD from our shop:

https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/shop/

You can also buy your tickets for the launch gig on 12th July at Shakespeares from here:

https://www.sawayakasheffield.org.uk/2013/06/14/when-silence-speaks-album-launch-gig-friday-12th-july/

Onwards!