William the Conqueror


Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017

Organisers of Isle of Man Cyclefest presented by Isle of Man Bank are delighted to announce that leading Americana outfit William the Conqueror will perform at Milntown this May as part of the PokerStars entertainment.

William the Conqueror is the alter ego of treasured folk singer, Ruarri Joseph. Ruarri, you see, has been leading a double existence: Four studio albums in under his own name, Ruarri created William the Conqueror and hit a new vein of creativity.

Ruarri is joined in the band by ace drummer Harry Harding and multi-instrumentalist Naomi Holmes, and are clearly relishing the chance to make music for the love of music. William the Conqueror is that opportunity to find a creative outlet for ideas that don’t always find the space to blossom, and Ruarri Joseph is one man full of ideas!

“I want people to hear the stories from a different perspective. After three years of keeping William in the dark, I want to switch things up. Ruarri can go off the radar it’s William’s turn now.” – Ruarri Joseph

Bursting with retro-infused energy reminiscent of Neil Young, Ruarri and his band mates call on a myriad of influences from folk to blues and Americana to grunge era rock. The trio’s own moniker is ‘not what you’d expect’, but what we can expect is real, original music.

It’s a brand of music that has already led to a hugely impressive debut EP as well as a new record deal and that highly anticipated debut album this spring. In between times, William the Conqueror was cited by The Guardian as one of the leading artists in the UK’s blossoming Americana scene. Indeed, the trio headed off to Nashville in the summer of 2016 as part of the UKAMA showcase and have since picked up an awards nomination for best song – the utterly brilliant Tend to the Thorns.

This is one band conquering hearts and minds and now you can experience the music of William the Conqueror! The group play both Saturday and Sunday on Cyclefest’s Village Stage, which is supported by Isle of Man Arts Council. Wristband tickets are on sale now with prices starting from just £10 for adults with discounts available across weekend tickets and family bundles.