Bill Ryder-Jones | 29/10/15

Image: Bill Ryder Jones credit Rachel King

Bill Ryder-Jones is streaming acclaimed new album West Kirby County Primary in full ahead of its release on 6th November. Listen now via NPR First Listen.


Alongside the album stream, a new video for album track ‘Catharine and Huskisson’, directed by James Slater, is streaming now – watch the video below. The new video follows Slater’s videos for the albums lead single ‘Two To Birkenhead’ (watch HERE) and ‘Satellites’ (watch HERE).



West Kirby County Primary, the third full-length album from multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Bill Ryder-Jones, is the follow-up to A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart and was written and recorded by Ryder-Jones in his childhood bedroom at his mother’s house in West Kirby before being filtered through Liverpool’s legendary Parr Street Studios. A classic band record, West Kirby County Primary features Bill playing a multitude of instruments including the electric guitar with his trademark prowess.

Mixed by James Ford, each of West Kirby County Primary’s ten tracks offers a sneaked glance into his private world; they eavesdrop on a set of encounters that go about “turning stories into beautiful truth” set to glorious molten melody that explodes like fireworks over water. It all adds up to a remarkable record by one of our most cherished musicians – a musical polymath as at ease on stage with the Manchester Camerata (where he performed ‘If…’ as part of the Manchester Literature Festival last Autumn) or on live guitar duties with Arctic Monkeys as he is on production duties with Hooton Tennis Club and The Wytches.


Bill Ryder-Jones will be performing live throughout the UK in November with a sold out date at The Lexington in London on 11th November. New UK live dates have been announced for March including Scala in London on 3rd March 2016. on Full dates with ticket links are as follows with headline dates in bold:

29th October – London – Heaven *

1st November – Amsterdam – London Calling

7th November - Glasgow - Hug and Pint

8th November – Edinburgh – Mash House

9th November - Newcastle - Cluny 2

11th November - London - Lexington [SOLD OUT]

13th November - Manchester - Gullivers [SOLD OUT]

14th November - Liverpool - District

26th November – Nottingham – Bodega Social


3rd December – Bristol - Louisiana

4th December – Birmingham - Rainbow

9th December – Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall

10th December – Paris – Winter Camp Festival

12th December – Lille – Winter Camp Festival

31st January – San Sebastian – Music Box Festibala

3rd March – London - Scala

4th March – Manchester - Deaf Institute

* with Spector


West Kirby County Primary will be available on CD (WIGCD346), Digital (WIG346D) and LP (WIGLP346). There will also be a Dom Mart and indie shop exclusive Deluxe LP (WIGLP346X) which comes with a bonus 7” featuring two exclusive new tracks. Pre-order the Deluxe Vinyl edition on Dom Mart and for a very limited period also receive a signed and numbered photo-print taken from the stage at this year’s Green Man Festival. Pre-order the album via Dom Mart HERE and via iTunes HERE with an instant grat of Two To Birkenhead.


  1. Tell Me You Don't Love Me Watching  
  2. Two To Birkenhead  
  3. Let's Get Away From Here  
  4. Daniel  
  5. Put It Down Before You Break It  
  6. Catharine and Huskisson  
  7. Wild Roses  
  8. You Can't Hide A Light With The Dark  
  9. Satellites  
  10. Seabirds