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Aural Fix Magazine, Vol. 4, Issue 9, September 2004

Written by Kathy Fleischmann; this article appeared in Aural Fix Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 9, September 2004.

August 5th, Massapequa, NY

by Kathy Fleischmann

Every Thursday between 9:30pm and 1am, singer/songwriter/comedian Ed Ryan performs at Katie Daly's in Massapequa. This is the perfect way to forget the nonsense you're forced to withstand at work and get a headstart on your weekend.

For those of you who have not heard or have not seen Ryan perform, you have been missing out on not only a very talented songwriter and vocalist but also a wonderful entertainer. While gigs like these might turn some musicians into a stale human jukebox, Ed does just the opposite and personalizes each song, whether it be prefacing with an anecdote (How many of you knew "Last Train To Clarksville" was about a guy going off to Vietnam?) or by performing his own songs and constantly interacting with the audience. In short, he is not background music.

Mixing it up between originals and covers, Ryan started the evening with some of his tunes from his latest release, Make It So, performing "Claustrophobia" and "Counting Of The Curs." He then followed with the crowd favorite, "The Drinking Song" (with lyrics including, "If you can't find me drunk, I'm out drinking somewhere"). Ed also does an outstanding job performing covers that one wouldn't ordinarily expect from a solo acoustic act, such as "Crystal Blue Persuasion" and "Space Oddity." A devout Beatles fan, he also played "And I Love Her," "I'm Looking Through You" and "The Long and Winding Road." Also touching upon their solo material, he passionately covered McCartney's "My Love" and Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" as well as Ringo's "No No Song."

Besides being an accomplished songwriter, it is Ryan's impeccable vocals that enable him to turn heads at the bar, making his presence impossible to not take notice of. He possesses a resounding tenor voice with a wide range consisting of low notes which are full and rich and never buried in his throat and an upper range that is both powerful and dynamic. One only has to hear him sing "The S. S. Marie" to understand what I mean. When a packed drink-special Thursday night bar crowd stops chugging and listens to a guy with an acoustic guitar, you know you've witnessed something truly notable.
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