Sunjay: Folk, blues and a bit of Buddy Holly + Paula Ryan

Date/Time Sun 20 Nov 2022 8:00 PM

Price Online - £10 + £1 fee; On The Door - £12


With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of the guitar Sunjay walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the instrument when just 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since.

Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.

Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become acknowledged as one of the folk scene’s rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate & faultless”.

Following a recent stint playing Buddy Holly in a touring musical theatre production Sunjay’s fourth album was sensibly entitled ‘Sunjay Sings Buddy‘. Then in 2019, supernatural normal service was resumed with ‘Devil Came Calling’, his first to original material in four years showcasing Sunjay’s trademark blues with a modern day twist.

An evening with Sunjay is an evening of exquisite blues, country and folk music combined with a master class in guitar playing interspersed with hilarious anecdotes.

“Listen, watch and take note.” – FATEA Magazine


Paula Ryan was last seen at TwickFolk in 2015, so it’s a pleasure to have her back. Born and bred in Tipperary, Ireland, her powerful, insightful songs are inspired by the lyricism and musical passion of her Irish roots and driven by the funky rhythmic influences and instruments of music from other cultures.

To accompany her songs, Paula plays marimba / tongue drum, guitar and a variety of percussion instruments including bodhran, djembe and darabuka.

Paula charms and beguiles audiences with sheer delight in music-making, unmistakeable joy of singing, potent, thought provoking lyrics, and lively Celtic wit and humour!