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Previously presented by Kevin Sanders before retiring in spring 2020, BGR is now presented by Ryan Barsby. (featured above)
Ryan Barsby is a professional bassist with countless performances, radio plays, interviews and even televised performances. On top of this, he has already undertaken a self-organised and funded sold out European tour, including The Netherlands, Belgium and of course the UK, all before turning 21.
From African rhythm, reggae, jazz fusion and folk rock to wedding functions, Ryan has performed in a multitude of different musical acts at hundreds of different venues. He was hand-picked by the BBC to play at Leopallooza, Looe Music Festival and Little Orchard Festival to name a few. He also session played at WOMAD mainstage five years running.
It was during these experiences that Ryan supported many household names, including Brian Ferry, Fickle Friends, Eliza and the Bear, and Mad Dog Mcrea. He also brushed shoulders with the likes of John Coghlan (Status Quo), Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes) and the Zutons. Recently graduating from Falmouth University with a BA Honours degree in Popular Music, he was professionally trained by session guitarist Sam Murray, and LA session bassist Sam Norman.
Despite being only 22, Ryan provides professional session work in a wide variety of genres, from Lo-Fi and bubblegum pop to metal. His versatility and popularity as a session musician are attributed to his experimental playing and ear for sound design. Ryan is no stranger to stepping outside of the box and is reputed for specifically tailoring his sound to the job at hand, be it mimicking an analog synthesiser, lead guitar tone, or a vintage precision bass. By using his in-depth knowledge of how effects pedals, signal chain and frequency response can be manipulated, he can create any sound the music requires.
“I have always wanted to be part of a larger team, who share my passion for imparting
knowledge into the wider musical community. I have dabbled in teaching bass in the past, but being able to teach one of my greatest interests, gear and equipment, to a wider audience is truly exciting.
“After years being sat on the other side of the screen, watching and learning from people like Kevin, having the opportunity to be the one on the screen, putting my thoughts and knowledge to the world is a dream come true. All because of Bass Guitar Review, thank you!”