Ryan Harvey has been writing and performing hard-hitting political folk songs for over ten years.
Wrapping up six months of performing over one hundred shows in fifteen countries, Ryan is now recording a double-CD featuring songs inspired by the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. The album, entitled “Today And Tomorrow,” will be his 14th and is expected to be released sometime in the summer/fall, 2012.
BIO / HISTORY
Ryan Harvey has been writing and performing hard-hitting political folk songs for over ten years. With the unplugged story-telling of traditional American folk music, the compassionate alarm of early anarchist punk, and the lyrical punch of modern hip-hop, his engaging performances are both inspiring and educational.
Ryan is a founding member of the Riot-Folk musician’s collective and has been active in the group’s mission of “Making Folk a Threat Again” since its inception in 2004. In that time he has shared the stage with countless musicians from the underground and mainstream music worlds, including Joan Baez, Tom Morello, Oi Polloi, The Coup, Jolie Holland, Jim Page, and more.
Now wrapping up six months of performing over one hundred shows in fifteen countries, Ryan is recording a double-CD featuring songs inspired by the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement. The album, entitled “Today And Tomorrow,” will be his 14th and is expected to be released sometime in the summer/fall, 2012.
Last summer Ryan released “Ordinary Heroes,” a collaborative 14-song work with violinist/journalist/documentarian Michael Fox. The recording, dedicated to the late historian and activist Howard Zinn, emphasizes social movements as a means of overcoming injustice.
In addition to his own works, Ryan has co-produced two benefit CDs for anti-war veterans’ organizations, A Line in the Sand in 2008 and A Soundtrack for Refusal in 2011. He is also the guitarist/singer of punk band Bouncing Betty and is a writer, anti-war organizer, and carpenter. He is from Baltimore, Maryland.
Today And Tomorrow (2012)
Ordinary Heroes (2011)
Spreading Spirit (2011)
Terry Whitmore (2010)
Global Economy (2009)
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Ryan Harvey and his music have been on the front lines of important social justice struggles for years. He combines music, meaning and message with conviction and backs up his lyrics with action.”
- Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman/Rage Against The Machine
“His music is rooted in his politics, and strikes an emotional and motivating chord.”
- Uprising Radio, KPFK Los Angeles
“[He] totally captivated the crowd with every song that he played. Ryan has a way of discussing complex political issues through his songs while remaining extremely engaging and entertaining. That is a really tough balance to achieve in my experience yet Ryan seems to do it pretty effortlessly.
- Tim Franzen, American Friends Service Committee, Atlanta
“Over the past seven years, Riot-Folk has grown out of its roots in the “punk folk” movement of the ’90s to become a major presence in the international folk community…”
- Baltimore City Paper
“[Riot-Folk] are forging a new way of making music… they are setting an example of innovation and creativity, putting their politics into their actions.”
- Jen Angel, Aid & Abet
“Being there you could feel a sense community that I don’t get a lot…”
- Patrick’s Music Blog, Miami