This past Summer/Fall, I performed solo at many festivals including: Kaslo's Jazz etc., Nelson's Streetfest, Starbelly Jam (on the east shore of Kootenay lake) and the Mountain Arts Festival in Revelstoke. I also had the honor of opening for mandolin player extraordinaire, John Reischman and the Jaybird trio when they came through Nelson. Late last summer one of my compositions was included on a compilation CD called: West on Silverback Records along with Lester Quitzau, the Be Good Tanya's, and other western Canadian musical talent. The CD is going to be available both locally and through Chapters bookstores (so I am told). Back in '99 another one of my solo pieces was included on the Kootenay Co-op Radio (KCR) millennium project CD and I received play on both KCR and CBC radio. By late 2000, I had worked up enough material to release my first CD of solo finger style guitar music. I was also a recipient of a Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance touring support grant to tour the region in 2001
Currently, I am getting ready to record my second solo guitar CD, which I plan to have ready by late spring, if you would like me to keep you posted, e-mail me. I am also booking shows for this spring/summer, playing regularly at Max & Irma's Restaurant and at the Elephant Mountain Bar & Grill/Prestige Resort in Nelson B.C. Check my gigs page for more details!
Here are some reviews:
"Move over Bill Frisell, you've got company. Rylan Kewen is young enough to try things beyond his reach and good enough to succeed."
-Paul Grant CBC Radio (Arts Report/Hot Air)
"When I listen to his CD, I can feel every note he plays...This CD is a must for anyone with ears, and of course a CD player."
-Eva Defoor (The West Kootenay Bluegrass Newsletter)
"Rylan plays beautifully crafted melodies, with flowing technique and
a laid back style."
"Sweet consistent and smooth....This is my favorite music to relax to"
-Timothy Shay (Kootenay Weekly Express CD review)
"A damn good CD...We listen to it in the car"
Check out the artist's website:
4. Sunny Sunday
6. Is This It
7. Tree Medley
8. Song For Melanie
9. Off to California / The Girl I Left Behind
11. Reggae Style
12. Barking Up the Wrong Tree
13. Maggie Brown / Road To Lisdoonvarnia
14. Banjo Bridge
15. Green Mist