Ryan Vail is a musical pioneer with vision. The Derry born composer has released three EPs to date and a collaborative album “Sea Legs” with folk singer Ciaran Lavery. He is currently recording his debut album for release in 2016.
Ryan blends the worlds of electronica, folk and classical, always experimenting combining classical instruments with unique methods of recording and composition.
In 2014 he composed the soundtrack for a full length BBC2 Documentary entitled “The Longest Night” as part of the BBC's “True North” series.
In 2015 he composed a solo piano piece for World Piano Day which was chosen for Nils Frahm’s Piano day playlist on SoundCloud.
His 2015 collaborative album with Ciaran Lavery “Sea Legs” has been shortlisted for the NI Music Prize (Best Northern Irish Album of 2015) previous winners have included Foy Vance and Robyn G Shields.
Ryans debut album For Every Silence was released in 2016. Gaining huge support, BBC Radio 1 album of the week with Huw Stephens & Album of the week with the Irish Times. Nailler9s best Irish albums of 2016 top 10. Sate mags best albums of 2016 top 50. For Every Silence was also nominated for the NI music Prize.
2017 Ryan released Love is a Crow, a collaborative single with Jealous of the Birds that debuted on Lauren Lavernes 6 music show. Ryan Also featured in Nils Frahms national piano day.
Ryan has had radio play or performed live Sessions with BBC Introducing, Lauren Laverne, Nemone, Steve Lamauq, Other Voices, Annie Mac, Tom Ravenscroft, Across The Line, Tom Robinson, Phillip Taggart and Zane Lowe.
Ryan has supported many international live acts such as Nils Frahm, Jamie XX, Jon Hopkins, Tycho, Todd Terje, Luke Vibert and Orbital.