Will Varley talks to folking.com ahead of Autumn tour

Will Varley

Will Varley is touring the UK again this autumn, with the majority of the shows taking place in seated theatres and venues.

Paul Johnson and Darren Beech caught up with Will backstage at this year’s Fairport Convention’s Cropredy festival. The interview took place early evening on the Saturday and half way through, collided with the mighty Afro Celt Sound System set. The sounds not perfect but we have done our best to make it as clear as possible.


Varley celebrated the release of his fifth studio album, Spirit Of Minnie, with a packed out show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February. He then spent the first part of this year playing his new album live around the world, touring extensively in the US, appearing at SXSW festival in Texas and selling out venues across the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy.

Culminating at London’s stunning Round Chapel in Hackney, this brand new tour will come after a busy summer of shows including appearances at Bearded Theory, BoomTown Fair, Green Man and the wonderful Cropredy Festival (at the request of members of Fairport Convention themselves).

Described recently by Donovan as “The next generation” and counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Tim Minchin and Frank Turner amongst his fans, it seems the rambling songwriter who cut his teeth haunting the open mics of south London is finally getting the attention he deserves. Don’t miss him across the UK this autumn.

‘Seize The Night’ – live:

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Artist’s website: https://www.willvarley.com

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