Will Varley is pleased to announce details of his 5th studio album – SPIRIT OF MINNIE – to be release February 9, 2018 through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Following 2016’s much praised Kingsdown Sundown and a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel, the new album marks a distinct change of direction for the singer songwriter, 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 Varley’s previous sound, all the while retaining his gift for painterly, affirming and immediate lyric writing.

After a run of UK shows the album will come out on the same day he plays his biggest headline show to date at the iconic 02 Shepherds Bush Empire. Will is accompanying the announcement by releasing a brand new track from the album on Spotify and other digital platforms along with his entire back catalogue which, until now, could not be found on any streaming sites.

Aided by McVey’s nuanced, widescreen production and the warm cascading sound of his new band, All Those Stars offers the perfect first glimpse into Spirit Of Minnie, straddling Will‘s sound and style from past to present. Counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Valerie June and Frank Turner as his fans, and with tours scheduled across Europe and America, the young songwriter from Deal seems poised for a huge 2018.

Listen to new track, All Those Stars here


Pre-order ‘Spirit Of Minnie’ here https://willvarley.lnk.to/SpiritOfMinnie

30 January BIRMINGHAM 02 Institute 3 https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/willvarley/
31 January NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms https://www.alttickets.com/willvarley-tickets
1 February LEEDS Brudenell Social Club https://bit.ly/2hWNJMP
2 February EDINBURGH La Belle Angele https://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/271071
3 February MANCHESTER Club Academy https://bit.ly/2AvciYJ
6 February SOUTHAMPTON 1865 https://bit.ly/2heqay1
7 February CARDIFF The Globe https://clwb.net/events/event/willvarley-2/
8 February BRISTOL Trinity Centre https://bit.ly/2hfCD4y
9 February LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire https://bit.ly/2mKb5JY

You can find Will Varley online in the usual places:

 https://www.willvarley.com/ | https://twitter.com/WillVarleyMusic | https://www.facebook.com/willvarleymusic/ 


Feature by Mike Ainscoe. Live shots taken at the 2014 Great British Folk Festival. You can find more of Mike’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive. He can be found on Facebook and his website is www.michaelainscoephotography.co.uk

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