Will Varley has been doing great things under the radar for quite some time now but perhaps the time has come for one of the best songwriters we’ve heard for a while to start being taken notice of. An extensive tour schedule including a “walking tour” which he trekked one hundred and thirty miles through the country side with just his guitar and a tent has helped spread word of his work.
Varley is a real story teller and has even published his own novel. After releasing his first two albums via Smugglers Records, which he co-runs, he has since been signed to Xtra Mile records and has his first album for the label due for release on 30th October.
Varley’s messages in his songs are clear, calls for the population to open their eyes to the wrong doings that plague the world, with a particular focus on the way in which we treat the Planet itself. His new song “The Man Who Fell to Earth” is moving and through his gentle acoustic folk has a powerful message. “This world that I’m living in makes no sense to me” Varley sings as he tells the story of Jose Matata, an African immigrant who’s body was found in London after falling from an airplane in 2009 while trying to gain entry to the UK.
Championed by Folk/Punk singer Frank Turner (with whom he is soon to embark on a UK tour), Will Varley is one to watch.
“Postcards from Ursa Minor” is out on October 30th via Xtra Mile Recordings