Tag Archives: Suntan

Help Ryan Molloy bring a 10 year dream alive

16 May

Usually I don’t use this blog to promote Kickstarter campaigns simply because I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m trying to make them spend their hard earned cash.

However, I’m going to make an exception because I think this campaign and the person running it is worth it. I’ve been following Ryan Molloy’s career for the past 7 years and I can honestly say this man is one of the most talented performer I have ever had the pleasure of seeing on stage. He’s probably best known for playing Frankie Valli in the hit musical Jersey Boys in the West End and he recently reprised the role on Broadway to rave reviews.
Apart from being a great theatre performer Ryan is also a gifted songwriter who has released several albums over the years. And now he is working on his latest release: Ryan Molloy’s Suntan, an album of original songs written and performed by Ryan and his band Suntan.

ryan1

This is where you come in. Ryan is raising funds to complete the studio recordings and launch the album live on stage at a venue in London in August.

I know this is not the first Kickstarter campaign of this kind and obviously we all don’t really have a lot of spare money. I was lucky enough to attend a private Suntan gig in March and I can assure you that if you like Ryan Molloy’s voice or funk music (or both!) this Kickstarter campaign is for you. I am quite picky when it comes to live music – I’m one of those people who usually have a few favourite songs on an album but just as many songs they will skip. Because of that gigs can be very hit and miss for me depending on how many of my personal favourites the artist will play. However, Suntan have managed what very few other bands have: A collection of favourite songs and nothing else. Their music is fresh, funky and quite simply a whole lot of fun.

ryan2

So, please do yourself and me a favour and check out Ryan’s Kickstarter campaign. Please spread the word and support someone I not only consider a brilliantly talented singer and songwriter but also a great person who deserves every success.

(Plus some of the pledge rewards are just insane and need to be seen – if anyone goes for the spray tan pledge please let me know and I will personally buy you a ticket for the album launch gig when they go on general sale!).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/622093788/ryan-molloys-suntan-recording-the-album-and-launch

Suntan live at Battersea Park Studios (former Sphere Studios) – 6th March 2015

8 Mar

It’s been more than a year since Ryan Molloy’s sell out gig at the Hippodrome Casino in London. Since then he has finished his 6 years run as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in London’s West End and reprised the part to rave reviews on Broadway. In between his fans could catch him playing the hilarious interior designer Horace in Fings ain’t what they used t’be at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.
And now Ryan Molloy is back in London and ready to introduce his fans to his band Suntan.

Suntan are Ryan Molloy (vocals) and Douglas Horner. The band has been around for a while but appearances have been sparse. After recording some new songs Suntan were back on stage at London’s Battersea Park Studios (former Sphere Studios) last Friday. The private gig showed what Suntan are all about: Funky music and great entertainment.

Those of you who only know Ryan through his musical theatre credits might be surprised by Suntan. The band’s music couldn’t be further away from anything you’ve seen and heard Ryan do in musical theatre. Suntan’s music feels fresh and Ryan’s vocals give the songs a certain edge that makes them stand out. And while the band certainly focuses on danceable tunes they also master ballads like the melodic “Watchtower”.

For many people Ryan Molloy is “that guy who played Frankie Valli” which is no surprise considering the amount of time he has spent performing the part in London and New York. So it might come as a shock to some to see him do something so completely different. But personally I feel he is finally back doing what he loves most. Seeing him perform with Douglas Horner, singing all those catchy songs, he seemed to be completely in his element and totally at ease with himself. And that is one reason it is such a joy to watch Suntan on stage. Ryan Molloy and Douglas Horner clearly enjoy what they are doing and they certainly have the talent, the energy and the songwriting skills to match their enthusiasm.

After the intimate showcase at Battersea Park Studios I really hope more people will get the chance to experience Suntan in the near future. I think the world is ready – it’s time to introduce the twist.

Check out some clips of the gig below and make sure to follow Ryan Molloy on Twitter @molloyofficial and Facebook for all the latest info on upcoming appearances.

I’d also like to give a special shout out for the lovely people at Battersea Park Studios who made everyone feel so welcome.