Ex-pat Ryan MacGrath returns to Halifax from his home in Switzerland to celebrate the release of his new That Woods album with a show at The Carleton on Wednesday, October 10th. Show time is 8 PM and tickets are $20.
Ryan MacGrath combines two worlds: as a studied visual artist, he creates graphic, enigmatic figurative and stylized landscape paintings. At the same time, the Canadian citizen and resident of Switzerland is a celebrated Singer/Songwriter with comparisons to Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Nick Cave, Roy Orbison, and Rufus Wainwright.
The common thread weaving its way through MacGrath’s artistic work is an engaging melancholy. This is particularly evident in his new single, Temporary Bliss – a taste of the upcoming album That Woods, produced by Canadian talent Dale Murray (nephew of the legendary Anne Murray). According to the artist, he has an affinity for exploring contrasts in his music: joy and sadness, light and darkness, and loneliness versus togetherness. Here it is again, that connection between two worlds: the bipolarity which also plays a major role in his painting.