2017
Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker w/ Wes Tirey
October
25
Wednesday
Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8
Tickets, please
Bill MacKay & Ryley Walker
Chicago-based guitarists Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker met in January 2014 at a friend’s birthday party where they discovered a mutual admiration for Albert King, Laura Nyro, Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Ali Akbar Khan and Jimi Hendrix. They soon began meeting at Bill’s southwest Chicago home to write and improvise together on their lived-in dreadnought 6-string guitars, with Ryley's 12-string and Bill's requinto making frequent appearances as the year wore on. The duo quickly developed their own musical vocabulary and the resulting sounds drew on traditional folk music from Appalachia to Northern India, as well as jazz and blues. Over the course of the year, an impressive repertoire of new songs and ideas coalesced.

In January 2015, Bill and Ryley took up a month-long, Friday night residency at The Whistler, a live music venue/gallery/record label in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The overall spirit of the residency was that of a creative workshop producing music that ran in directions as wide as the duo’s interests. Each week, songs took on new shapes, while others were written and added to the always-evolving set list. Alex Inglizian of Experimental Sound Studios recorded the final two shows of the residency and Erik Hall (In Tall Buildings, Wild Belle) mixed the seven tracks that comprise Land of Plenty.

Land of Plenty is completely instrumental and falls somewhere between Ryley Walker’s acclaimed new album, Primrose Green (Dead Oceans), and Bill MacKay’s highly melodic work in Darts & Arrows. Songs run the gamut from fingerstyle ballads to psychedelic waltzes and raga-inspired blues. Guitar tone was a key element when selecting the tracks that made the cut. Like their live set up, Bill’s guitar can be heard on the left of the stereo picture and Ryley’s on the right. Although recorded in a bar in front of a capacity crowd, it’s not until the album’s final seconds that the fourth wall is dropped and the listener can hear the crowd’s raucous applause.



PRESS

‘Land of Plenty showcases two musicians at the top of their game…tasteful, fluid and inspired.’
Duncan Fletcher | Shindig

‘…this guitar masterclass from MOJO rising star Walker and Pittsburgh songwriter MacKay meanders through fuzzy coptic blues, waltzes and spellbinding psych haze.’
Andrew Male | MOJO

‘Land of Plenty is a phenomenal collaboration between the two Chicago-based guitarists Bill MacKay and Ryley Walker….’
Marcus Fruit | Dying for Bad Music

‘…the pair trade lines like old friends deep in conversation… A perfect jazz-folk chaser to Walker’s more singer-songwriter styled Primrose Green LP from earlier this year.’
Tyler Wilcox | Aquarium Drunkard

‘MacKay and Walker have created a seamless instrumental masterpiece…’
Sarah Brooks | Gaper’s Block

‘Land of Plenty – a fantastic new recording culled from the duo’s series…. potent traces of Indian classical ragas, American primitive fingerpicking, old-timey mountain music, and traditional British folk course through the pair’s tightly integrated playing, bits of improvisation showing their almost preternatural interaction and subtle give-and-take….’
Peter Margasak | Chicago Reader
Wes Tirey
text list
with images
venue info
witch-mountain
Jul
23
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Witch Mountain

w/ Royal Thunder, Almuten

8:30pm - $Free!

33844561_2049581981781971_4092566369470513152_n
Jul
24
Tuesday

PrettyPretty (Album Release Show!)

w/ Fashion Bath

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $Free!

unnamed-6
Jul
25
Wednesday

Bit Brigade (performing live soundtrack to Zelda)

w/ OBSiDEONEYE

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8

Tickets, please
unnamed
Jul
26
Thursday

Adrienne Ammerman

w/ Rooster (Annie Myers and Erin Kinard), Kelly White

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

Alex-Cameron-720x720
Jul
27
Friday
The Mothlight & The Grey Eagle Present...

Alex Cameron **AT THE GREY EAGLE**

w/ Jackie Cohen

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 2.34.49 PM
Jul
27
Friday

The Resonant Rogues

w/ Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $8adv/ $10

Tickets, please
30713770_736440137885_3127112522853967347_n
Jul
28
Saturday

Tina and Her Pony

w/ Wildeyes

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm / Seated Show - $8adv / $10

Tickets, please
weedeater
Jul
29
Sunday
Stella Blue Presents...

Weedeater

w/ ZEKE, Sierra

Doors 8pm - $15adv / $18

Tickets, please
unnamed
Jul
30
Monday
Charlie Traveler Presents...

Black Milk (backed by live band!

w/ Beat Life

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

Tickets, please
0010713220_10
Jul
31
Tuesday

Long Neck

w/ Fern Mayo, BEX, Bad Molly

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

6P4A0493
Aug
01
Wednesday

Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

w/ The Secret B-Sides

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
5d3_0241_credit__marci_hohner
Aug
02
Thursday

The Love Language

w/ Moon Racer, KONVOI

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
35077147_2222690187951362_1265693636264198144_n
Aug
03
Friday

Pansy Fest 2018



Doors 6:30, Show 7pm - $5 - $10 suggested

JOA1
Aug
04
Saturday

Joan of Arc

w/ Curt Castle, Nathanael Jordan

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
received_10155740697137684
Aug
05
Sunday
Concerts For Human Harmony Presents...

Pan African Music Extravaganza



7pm - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
living
Aug
06
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

Livingdog

w/ MJ Lenderman, Wes Tirey

9pm - $Free!

org
Aug
08
Wednesday

Orgatroid

w/ Mason Self, Vasillus, No Eyes

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $5

landing
Aug
09
Thursday

Landing

w/ Gardener

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $7

Tickets, please
0007170824_10
Aug
10
Friday

Deakin (of Animal Collective)

w/ Highlife

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
big-ups
Aug
13
Monday
Free Mothlight Monday!

BIG UPS

w/ Maneka

9pm - $Free!

35236500_1010323775802440_5920666327965499392_n
Aug
16
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Collaboration)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

Tickets, please
71-J4jMNfCL._SL1500_
Aug
18
Saturday

The Moon & You *Big Band* plays Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Live!

w/ Lotion Princess

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10

Tickets, please
3540379026_photo
Aug
24
Friday

Monolord (Swedish Doom)

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
santorossite
Aug
29
Wednesday

Santoros

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
Diane-Cluck-by-Amelia-Eliza-4
Aug
30
Thursday

Diane Cluck

w/ Wes Swing with Yessirov

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
jp harris
Aug
31
Friday

JP Harris & The Tough Choices

w/ Hearts Gone South

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
unnamed
Sep
01
Saturday
Toneworthy Presents...

Heavy Mountain



Doors 6:30, Show 7:30 - $10adv / $15

Tickets, please
gringo
Sep
02
Sunday

Gringo Star

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv/ $10

Tickets, please
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Sep
05
Wednesday

Deaf Wish

w/ Nest Egg

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $8adv / $10

Tickets, please
tL0Xl_lM
Sep
08
Saturday

Hovvdy

w/ Locals TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
wiegedood
Sep
09
Sunday

Wiegedood

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
Buckner_window_RichardASmith
Sep
11
Tuesday

Richard Buckner

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
fc_wide_(1)-2
Sep
15
Saturday

Frankie Cosmos

w/ Lomelda, Stef Chura

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $16adv/ $18

Tickets, please
35236500_1010323775802440_5920666327965499392_n
Sep
20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Education)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

Tickets, please
William-Fitzsimmons-YELLOW-BACKGROUND-GRAY-SHIRT-ARM-BENT-BEHIND-HEAD-PHOTO-CRED-SHERVIN-LAINEZ-High-Rez
Sep
24
Monday
"An Evening With"

William Fitzsimmons



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $18adv/ $20

Tickets, please
unnamed
Sep
25
Tuesday

Mothers

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
unnamed
Sep
27
Thursday

Olivia Gatwood (Spoken Word/Poet)

w/ Joaquina Mertz

Doors 7pm, Seated Show, All Ages - $12adv / $15

Tickets, please
OHMME_Album Artwork_preview
Sep
29
Saturday

Ohmme

w/ Ahleuchatistas

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
sales
Sep
30
Sunday

SALES

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15adv / $17

Tickets, please
Phil Cook Primary by Josh Wool
Oct
08
Monday

Phil Cook



Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $12adv / $15

Tickets, please
PressPhoto_1
Oct
16
Tuesday

White Denim

w/ TBA

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
Red_img718-edit_preview
Oct
17
Wednesday

Natalie Prass

w/ Stella Donnelly

Doors 8pm, Show 9pm - $15

Tickets, please
35236500_1010323775802440_5920666327965499392_n
Oct
18
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Disguises)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

mc chris photo by eleanor stills
Oct
19
Friday
MC Chris performing MC Chris Is Dead in its entirety !

MC Chris

w/ Dual Core, LEX the Lexicon Artist

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $13adv / $15

Tickets, please
guerilla
Oct
24
Wednesday

Guerilla Toss

w/ Space Heater, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $10adv / $12

Tickets, please
sloth
Nov
03
Saturday

Slothrust

w/ TBA

Doors 8:30, Show 9:30 - $12adv / $14

Tickets, please
35236500_1010323775802440_5920666327965499392_n
Nov
15
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Beginnings)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

Tickets, please
35236500_1010323775802440_5920666327965499392_n
Dec
20
Thursday

The Moth: True Stories Told Live (Theme: Instincts)



Doors 7, Stories 7:30 - $10

Tickets, please