Folk-acoustic artist Guyy Lillyman

Hannah Haggarty 23 May 2014

Smooth blues, complex guitar melodies and some fabulous vocals are just three of a plethora of reasons why Guyy Lilleyman’s self-titled EP is so promising.

Harvesting sounds from around Canberra and utilising a talent that’s so often under-appreciated, Guyy’s EP exemplifies the aptitude nestled among Canberra’s local artists. In it, he’s put together a collection of songs that truly dignify the Canberra folk-acoustic scene in a way that demands nothing but pure appreciation.

His music resonates with an old-soul blues vibe, indicative of the passion that drives his sound but is nothing short of unique – his pedal effects and skill on the strings making his music unmistakably “Guyy”. In particular, Guyy’s 6 minute instrumental piece ‘United’ exhibits some pulse quickening picking styles reminiscent of artists like John Butler and Andy McKee – a musical direction that seems only fitting for the magnitude of talent displayed.

“Wake up” contributes an intoxicating arrangement of funky blues guitar and enticing vocals to the EP, a tantalisingly up beat track that will have you turning it up louder. Guyy comes off as the bashful boy next door, but the music he produces is anything but coy. Boldness and strength cut through the speakers as I sit here engrossed, tapping my feet and melting into the deep vocals and mesmerising melodies of an enormously motivated young musician. His previous ARIA nominations, Australian National Busking Champion and Best Blues, Roots & World artist of the year 2013 awards are just stepping stones on the way to an incredibly bright future for up and coming folk-acoustic artist Guyy Lillyman.

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