Dylan Ryche rockin’ a tune
Dylan Ryche (pronounced ‘Rike’) originally hails from Melbourne, Australia where as a young boy in the late 80’s he was captivated by the big hooks, big choruses, big melodies… and big hair of 80s rock n’ roll.
He promptly took some guitar lessons and sat down in his bedroom – which was covered in posters of Skid Row, Warrant & Poison and set about learning as many Motley Crue, and Bad English riffs as possible, with a dream of one day becoming a long-haired, tattooed, glam rock superstar.
Eventually, an increasing interest in country music and the solo guitar playing of Yes guitarist Steve Howe led him to pick up a Tommy Emmanuel book and study the acoustic guitar more seriously. Hearing Don Ross’ “Klimbim” solidified a thought that solo acoustic guitar could be a complete musical voice. Hey – you could write, play and rehearse without needing five people to all get to the same rehearsal room at the same time. Talk about being more efficient!
After relocating to Canada in 2008, Dylan Ryche has recorded two original solo guitar albums Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar in 2011 and 2017’s Daydreamer. These albums showcase his dedication to crafting memorable melodies and songs and draw inspiration from all his favourite songwriters from his eclectic progressive rock, glam/AOR and country music background. Both records have received very positive reviews; Fingerstyleguitarists.com notably said of Ryche, “This man is a compositional genius.”
Dylan is the 2012 champion of the Canadian Fingerstyle Competition held annually at the Canadian Guitar Festival. Previous winners of this prestigious competition include Craig D’andrea, Antoine Dufour and Ewan Dobson.
Ryche lives with his wife Kelly, two children and divides most of his days between playing guitar and being Dad. He has taught guitar lessons via Skype to students all over the world, is a regular columnist for guitar magazines Fingerstyle 360 and Fingerstyle Journal and has shared the stage with such virtuostic musicians as Ewan Dobson, Maneli Jamal and Calum Graham.