While he’s known best for his interpretative playing of traditional acoustic blues, jazz and old time music, audiences can’t help but notice the influence that Northern living has had on his music. For the past 10 years McNally as called Whitehorse, YK his home.
His first album Down Home (2012), was recorded live by CBC North and received a feature on the popular radio show Saturday Night Blues, hosted by Holgar Peterson.
Originally from rural Quebec, Ryan first discovered jazz and blues by uncovering a huge collection of ‘78 records that belonged to his grandfather. Then, as a teen, his curiosity for the sound and history anchored his love for the genres and it’s only grown stronger since.
Ryan is set to release his third album, "Listen Up" in May 2019. And it is sure to impress. While keeping true to his inspiration of blues he is now incorporating the calypso rhythm. This new work is a great marriage of country blues, calypso and traditional jazz. With compelling lyrics and a beat that will audiences of any age out on the dance floor.
Everywhere they perform from Dawson Music Fest to Northern Lights Bluegrass Fest, Markham Jazz Festival to Orangeville Blues Fest, Ryan McNally & The MessaRounders are a hit!