Paul’s music can best be described as a “bridge” between the traditional folk music of the 60’s to contemporary acoustic country music of today and tomorrow. Old protest songs have been replaced by storytelling, and a more “country” feel. The long neck banjo has been replaced with the more driving three-finger style. And instruments like a second guitar or autoharp are replaced with the dobro, and baritone guitar. In that way, Ryantunes music might be considered cutting edge as well as a decadal bridge.
During the 1960’s as a (very) young man Paul was a member of a Toronto-based duet (The Voyageurs). The group played a number of venues including the Grand Ole Opry (at Ryman) in Nashville and Massey Hall in Toronto. Paul has a lifetime of fond memories of meeting and talking music with some of the great artists of that era, and performing on shows with them.
After this early music career, Paul attended college, and went on to work in the business world. But the music was never far away. So many years later, after watching and listening to bluegrass and modern folk music from a distance, the lure of writing and playing pulled Paul Ryan back, and it wasn’t long before he was back in the studio.