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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Ricky Warwick was cut from the cloth of a mill workers jacket.  Ricky has embraced no-frills, emotionally direct, pure music exemplified by such American influences as JohnnyCash, Bruce Springsteen, Woodie Guthrie and SteveEarle.

Born in Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland, Ricky got his first guitar at 14.  “That old, used guitar changed my life… it saved me, it was more than just notes on a fret board, it was the deepest breathe of life I ever experienced. I felt like I was armed when I carried it. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and nothing was ever gonna be the same again once I dragged my thumb across those strings.”

It turned out that Ricky was a natural fit for the well-worn acoustic. It wasn’t long before he was aping Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen records, although it would not be much longer before bands like Stiff Little Fingers, MC5, The Clash,Motorhead, Thin Lizzy and Sex Pistols infiltrated his bedroom. “Those artists gave me a voice”, say Ricky.“When no one would listen to a fourteen year old boy, they gave me something important to say.” The following year, his family relocated to Strathaven, Scotland.

Ricky got his first taste of the real world of rock n roll, when he was asked to join UK punk/folk band New Model Army as a additional guitarist on the bands “Ghost Of Cain” album world tour.  After leaving New Model Army, the young guitarist went on to found The Almighty in Glasgow, Scotland.  The Almighty enjoyed ten Top 40 singles and four Top 20 albums in the UK and shared the stage with such iconic bands as The Ramones, Alice In Chains, Iron Maiden and Metallica over their career.  In 2013, The Almighty passed an important milestone when they passed the quarter century mark.  To celebrate the band’s 25th Anniversary, Universal Records (through the Spinefarm imprint) will be reissuing the band’s entire back catalog.  Ricky has personally been overseeing this project.

In 1996, Ricky relocated to Dublin Ireland and formed the hardcore punk band (sic).  The three pieceband recorded one self titled album and toured the UK and Japan in support.  In 1998, (sic) decided to call it a day.  Ricky was then tempted back into The Almighty fold and recorded two more albums with them before finally calling it a day.

In 2002, Ricky brazenly embarked on an acoustic solo career and recorded his first release, Tattoos & Alibis. Recorded in Dublin, Ireland, Ricky collaborated with Peter O’ Toole of Hothouse Flowers and Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy fame, a meeting that would have great ramifications for Ricky’s future.  This album brought about a much different feel than his past efforts with The Almighty, with Ricky drawing from his influences.  Released in September of 2003 on Sanctuary Records, Tattoos & Alibis was produced by Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and engineered by Def Leppard’s sound wizard Ronan McHugh.  It seemed as if Ricky has finally found a balance to his art, and was able to mix his influences in powerful story driven songs about his roots, life, loss, redemption and love.


Just a few short years later, Ricky reunites with the Elliott/McHugh production team and releases his much anticipated sophomore effort – Love Many Trust Few in 2005. On, Love Many Trust Few, he co-wrote songs with Irish singer/songwriter Kieran Goss, famed Nashville writers – Sharon Vaughn (Willie Nelson, Reba McIntire, Oakridge Boys) and Rob Crosby (Martina McBride) as well as Del James (Guns N’ Roses).
Ricky released a limited edition 5 Track EP Love Owes on Trust Few Music/Townsend Records in October 2007. The EP features tracks Ricky wrote and recorded while staying in the legendary Harmony Hotel in Twentynine Palms, CA. (This is the place where 20 years earlier U2 had stayed while working on their “Joshua Tree” album.)

In 2007, Ricky found himself married and living in Los Angeles.  He met up with old friends Billy Morrison and Billy Duffy from The Cult.  They decided to form a new group together along with ex-Gun’s & Roses drummer Matt Sorum.  The resulting album was the debut from Circus Diablo.  But as happens with many groups comprised of established musicians, the demands of their other projects forced Circus Diablo into a semi-permanent hiatius.

“Over the last five years I slowly built a collection of new songs that I really love. Now is the time to commit these to vinyl and let the world hear them. 

Ricky completed his third solo record – BELFAST CONFETTI, and released it in April 2009 on DR2/Demolition Records. This disc is a collection of gritty acoustic rock steeped songs, full of passion, dirt, whisky and tales of a misspent youth growing up in his native Northern Ireland. Ricky reflects, “I find myself looking deeper into the well for this record. Sometimes I wonder if I need to write, or I have to write. Each song is not unlike a prayer; sometimes it works out better if you don’t get what you asked for.  Belfast Confetti is a collection of stories, my own, my family’s and my friends, most of whom are scattered all over the world, but when talk turns to home, their eyes light up and the reminiscing begins.

But big things were coming for Ricky.  In 2010,Ricky was approached by the management for Ireland’s favorite sons, Thin Lizzy.  Scott Gorham was spearheading a reformation of Thin Lizzy and was asking if Ricky was interested in fronting thenew lineup.  Scott Gorham remembered Ricky from his work on Tattoos & Alibis,  “I knew Ricky was the right guy for the job.  As soon as we began to discuss who would bring the voice to Lizzy, Ricky was my first call.”  The new lineup was complete.  ThinLizzy veterans Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton were joined by bass player extraordinaire Marco Mendoza, Def Leppard’s string wizard Vivian Campbell and of course, Ricky taking up Phil Lynott’s mantle.  “People ask me all the time if it is a difficult thing to fill Phil’s shoes.  I always explain to them that filling them can’t be done.  All I want to do is stand beside them and deliver the songswith all the heart and passion that they deserve.”

“As I was writing these songs, they tended to polarize. Songs were clearly rockers and some tapped into my folk background.  So, why not make two records!” 

The band kicked things off in January of 2011.  From the first show, it was clear to everyone that something magical was happening here.  These classic tracks had new life breathed into them and Ricky’s voice added the requisite blue collar feel that makes them come to life.  As the tour progressed, audiences all over the world were treated to a show that has received unprecedented critical and fan praise.

After several successful world tours playing the formidable Thin Lizzy catalog to fans all over the world, the guys decided it was time to create new music.  They started writing songs for what would evolve into the debut album from Black Star Riders.  With BSR, Ricky was afforded the opportunity to bring his considerable song writing skills to the collective table.  All Hell Breaks Loose is the result and the album was a big success.  It charted in over 17 countries and was in the top 30 in the UK.  Add to that the fact that the debut single, Bound For Glory, was cited on many publications year end best of lists.  


Black Star Riders spent the majority of 2013 taking their show on the road. But as the beginning of 2014 loomed, the guys started looking to continuing the dynamic energy of the first album and announced that they will be recording the follow up album in October 2014.

With Thin Lizzy and Black Star Riders taking up the lion’s share of his efforts over the past 5 years, his solo career took a temporary back seat.  But Ricky was still writing songs all through his time with ThinLizzy.  “Over the last five years I slowly built a collection of new songs that I really love.  Now is the time to commit these to vinyl and let the world hear them”.  Ricky has once again tapped the dream team of Joe Elliott and Ronan McHugh to assist him in bring not just one, but two new solo records to fruition.  Ricky chimes in, “As I was writing these songs, they tended to polarize.  Songs were clearly rockers and some tapped into my folk background.  So, why not make two records!”.

So, in 2014, Ricky will record and release two new solo records.  The first, Heart on Trees, will be an acoustic based album who’s theme will be being true to your roots and what people sacrifice for their homes..  The second will be a full on rock album Ricky’s has entitled “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues). 


For all the latest news and info on Ricky Warwick, check out these social media sites:

Ricky Warwick Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/rickywarwickofficial/

Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts Facebook Page:www.facebook.com/thefightinghearts/

Black Star Riders Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial/

Ricky’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/rickywarwick


Ricky Warwick Announces Special Intimate Show

Los Angeles on April 26, 2014

Being the lead Singer of the fan and critically acclaimed rockers Black Star Riders AND iconic Irish group Thin Lizzy would keep most musicians busy. But Ricky Warwick has been working on not just one but TWO solo records. An acoustic record called “Hearts on Trees” and a full on electric album entitled “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues)” are being put out through a success campaign utilizing the Pledgemusic model.

To celebrate the successful funding of this campaign, Ricky has decided to stage an intimate show in Los Angeles on April 26. Only a total of 60 seats will be up for grabs at this show. The set list will span Ricky’s entire career and will include tracks from The Almighty, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders as well as his solo albums. We may even hear a cover of a song that influenced him heavily. The evening will be recorded and made available for viewing to anyone that participates in Ricky’s Pledgemusic campaign.

Remember, only 60 seats a available. Please RSVP to jaygilbert@mac.com for details. To participate in Ricky’s Pledge music campaign, check it out at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rickywarwick 






Ricky Warwick Announces PledgeMusic Campaign
For TWO New Solo Records

Ricky Warwick made his thunderous impact on the music scene in 1988 as front man for one of the UKs darling son bands, The Almighty.  He stepped it up in 2010 when he joined veteran rockers Thin Lizzy, taking over vocal duties from the iconic Phillip Lynott.  When Thin Lizzy evolved into Black Star Riders in 2013, Ricky was a keystone to BSR’s success.  In addition to all of this, Ricky has also been creating his own solo music for years and has toured all over the world in support of his first three releases.  His solo albums allow Ricky to explore new musical avenues and those songs are very near and dear to his heart.

On Valentine’s Day, something very special will begin. Ricky explains, “I am delighted to announce that on February 14th, 2014, I will launch a campaign throughPledgeMusic to release TWO new solo records”.

Ricky will embark on this monumental campaign, creating not one, but two new albums.  The first will be an entirely acoustic album called “Hearts on Trees” who’s theme will be being true to your roots and what people sacrifice for their homes.  The second will be a full on electric rock album Ricky has entitled “When Patsy Cline Was Crazy (And Guy Mitchell Sang The Blues).   Ricky adds, “There will not be an acoustic guitar in sight on that one!”

Ricky has once again tapped the dream team of Joe Elliott and Ronan McHugh to assist him in bringing both of his new solo records to fruition. Ricky chimes in, “As I was writing these songs, they tended to polarize. Some song were clearly rockers and some tapped into my folk background. So, why not make two records!” There will also be a several special guests participating in these releases. Joe Elliott adds, “Well, it’s often said, things go in threes. So after confirming that we’re going to be working together on the BSR second album, I’m thrilled to be able to work with Ricky again on his upcoming two solo albums. Having produced his first two albums it’s fair to say we have a great relationship and as friends and fellow musicians that allows us a great opportunity to make some very memorable & important music.” The campaign will launch at 6pm UK Time (10am Los Angeles Time) on Valentines Day (Feb 14, 2012) – here is your chance to be a part of history. The countdown begins today… Check out the campaign now!




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