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Liz Ryder

'Liz Ryder uses her worldly experiences to create amazing musical compositions...she holds the rapt attention of audiences whenever she plays.' (Nusi Dekker, Local Music Vibe SF)

'Her voice certainly has a haunting quality typified by the likes of Joni Mitchell...' (Alex Lawson, Sandman Magazine)

'...hauntingly familiar but at the same time excitingly original.' (Sidmouth Folk Week)

‘When Liz Ryder plays her songs she sings as if her voice is coming from another place, and it’s a beautiful place. On the surface quiet and unassuming but the sound has a depth, it’s smouldering and full of passion. It’s a place everyone should visit more often‘. (John McConnachie, Two Rivers Folk Festival)


Northern California based folk singer-songwriter Liz Ryder is a British native whose style comes from many places between the Long Mynd and the golden hills of California. Rooted in traditional English folk, she has a passion for rendering the old with a mind for the new. Accompanying herself with fingerstyle guitar, Celtic bouzouki, banjo, and sometimes folk harp, she plays both traditional and self-penned music that is of a dynamic and honest nature.

She made her first folk album at age 18, and shortly after was given notoriety at festivals and on radio in the UK. Froots Magazine dubbed her, "The next in the Kate Rusby/Bill Jones Continuum," and Cambria Arts Wales said, "Liz Ryder deserves a prominent place in the new wave of British folk performers." Since then she has released three more albums, three EPs, and has toured extensively in the UK and California. She is set to release her 4th studio album Butterflies and Thieves in Summer 2018.

Liz is a seasoned folk singer and musician. In recent years she has proven herself to be a serious and vibrant presence on the folk scene. She has performed at the Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival, the San Francisco Folk Festival, and on other main festival stages such as Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Towersey, Warwick and many more in the UK. She has opened for Richard Thompson, Jez Lowe, and Eric Taylor and has performed at notable venues and folk clubs like the 24th St Theater Sacramento, Bazaar Cafe and Red Devil in SF, the Bedford Globe in London, and the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham, UK to name a few.

Liz Ryder is an accomplished songwriter, finger-style guitarist, harpist, and folk singer committed to keeping the folk tradition alive with a fresh modern approach.

Liz’s new EP, The Ancient Sea (2017), is available now!
Her Previous albums include: Second Sun (2012), Ghost Letters from the Sea (2010), Chrysalis EP (2007), Skyline EP (2005), On the Neon Highway (2003), and Sacramento Orange (2001).