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Outstanding... Keep it up. Get out into the indie scene. I think now may be your time.
— FACTOR
 

BIO

Ryan Brown has been making music since the mid-90s. An overachiever in the PEI school band program, he earned a degree in jazz drumming before co-founding the beloved Halifax indie pop group Glory Glory. He toured and recorded with them for a decade, releasing five EPs and a full-length album, garnering critical acclaim and radio play, and showcasing internationally. The band called it quits in 2016. Since then, Ryan has been making music on his own - as a hired gun, DJ, street performer and solo artist. (He also built this website, originally to advertise drum lessons while unemployed - it’s morphed into more of a blog/portfolio/placeholder for the next step).

Ryan has been playing guitar and writing his own material for over 20 years. In the past five, he’s learned to sing and perform, graduating from open mics to 2hr busking sets to 4hr cover gigs to original solo shows. In 2019, for the first time, he’s releasing his own music, under the name BEACH CHAIR. He’s charmed audiences of all ages. And yes, he has been told that he looks like Ed Sheeran.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • while busking with his acoustic guitar on the Halifax waterfront in 2018, Ryan caught the ear of Liz Powell (Land of Talk), who posted a video of him on her Instagram story, and Luke Doucet (Whitehorse), who stopped to listen with his son, complimented his song selection, and chatted about loop pedals.

  • has performed solo at Taco Pica, The Barrel’s Head, O’Leary’s, McGill’s, Pub Down Under (Saint John); Whiskey’s, The Loose Cannon, Stayner’s Wharf, Rockbottom Brewpub, Economy Shoeshop, The Oasis, Seaport Farmers’ Market (Halifax), The Rolled Oat (Wolfville)

  • very popular busker at the Halifax farmers’ market - patrons threw $20 bills in his case, bought him coffee and water; vendors threw in hot sauce, baguettes, roasted nuts and more.

  • busking led to a gig as a children’s entertainer, performing songs about the ocean at the Canadian Sea Turtle Network’s “Bubble Parade”

  • prior focus: drummer in Glory Glory from 2006-2016; played festivals in UK and Germany, released an album on blue vinyl; heavy CBC radio play; recorded with Grammy-nominated NYC producer/engineer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, etc); opened for Broken Social Scene, Tokyo Police Club, The Sadies, Hey Rosetta!, named one of 15 acts to see at The Great Escape festival by The Telegraph (UK) - alongside Kelis, Future Islands, Courtney Barnett, Badbadnotgood etc.

  • drummed with Jenn Grant on the 2018 CBC Music Festival mainstage

  • hosted, produced and recorded two seasons of a podcast (HITMAKERS) interviewing working musicians and industry professionals.

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