“Powerful, political and pertinent”  THE INDEPENDENT

WILL VARLEY continues his silver-tongued serenading with the opening cut from his much-lauded third album Postcards From Ursa Minor.
‘As For My Soul’ sets out Will’s insight into modern malaise, and his solutions to getting by – “drink a beer, sing a song”.  A slight shanty edge sifts this jauntier song across the centre of his musical spectrum, like a hungover morning with the promise of a brighter afternoon.

Listen to it herehttps://soundcloud.com/xtramilerecordings/01-will-varley-as-for-my/s-r5LGh

Will has a huge summer coming up, beginning with an extensive return support slot with Scottish legends The Proclaimers from now, throughout June and into July. Sprinkled in there are three shows with his childhood hero Billy Bragg. He then begins a run of festival dates including Blissfields, Splendour, Cambridge Folk Festival, Kendall Calling, Boomtown, his annual Smugglers Festival, and a triumphant return to Bestival after last year’s successful set. Autumn sees him on yet another headline UK tour this year, ending with a highly-anticipated gig at North London’s beautiful Union Chapel.

 It’s been a jam-packed couple of years for Will who has played at The Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust, headlined his own spring tour in 2015, played dates with people’s hero Frank Turner and Anti-Folk legend Beans On Toast, released an EP and got familiar with The Proclaimers last summer supporting them across the UK as well as festival appearances at Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Green Man and BoomTown amongst others.
Produced by Tristan Ivemy and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright ‘Postcards From Ursa Minor’ is a masterclass in songwriting that pushes the boundaries of the ‘one man and a guitar’ format. From rowdy drinking songs with sprawling chaotic arrangements to his sparse solo performances he covers a range of subjects with his trademark sprinkling of social commentary, politics and wry humour.
Since completing his walking tour in 2014 and being named one of Time Out’s rising stars of 2015, Will has had tracks played on BBC Radio 2, 6 & XFM including mentions from Steve Lamacq, Communion Records and Rob Da Bank. Varley’s high energy live shows, which jump effortlessly from heartbreaking love songs to hilarious shaggy dog stories are complimented by his self-made music videos that in turn have clocked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and bought attention to his songs from all over the world.
Between touring constantly for the past five years and co-running his own record label & the sell-out Smugglers festival where he’s based in Kent interest in Will is reaching fever pitch.

Catch Will live this summer:


27 Great Yarmouth @ Hippodrome w/ Billy Bragg

29 Aylesbury @ Waterside Theatre – w/ The Proclaimers

31 Ilkley @ King’s Hall  – w/ The Proclaimers


01 Yeovil @ The Octagon Theatre  – w/ The Proclaimers

02 Worthing @ Assembly Hall  – w/ The Proclaimers

03 Bury St Edmunds @ The Apex  – w/ The Proclaimers

22 Chatham @ Central Theatre  – w/ The Proclaimers

23 Nottingham @ Splendour Festival

28 Cambridge @ Cambridge Folk Festival

29 Warrington @ Parr Hall  – w/ The Proclaimers

30 Lake District @ Kendal Calling Festival

05 Scunthorpe @ The Baths Hall  – w/ The Proclaimers

06 Chesterfield @ Winding Wheel  – w/ The Proclaimers

07 Peterborough @ The Cresset  – w/ The Proclaimers

13 Winchester @ Boomtown Fair  – w/ The Proclaimers


03 Kent @ Smugglers Festival

11 Isle of Wight @ Bestival



08 Glasgow @ King Tuts

09 Manchester @ Gorilla

10 Newcastle @ The Cluny

11 Nottingham @ The Rescue Rooms

15 Portsmouth @ The Wedgewood Rooms

16 Bristol @ Thekla

17 Brighton @ Komedia

18 London @ Union Chapel

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