As Keen as mustard...

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English born and bred singer-songwriter Ryan Keen – an artist carving out his own unique niche in music – is heading to Preston.

The hotly-tipped star plays at 53 Degrees on Wednesday, April 17.

Combining emotionally driven lyrics and warm vocals with his rhythmic-percussive guitar playing, Keen’s songs recall a wealth of influences ranging from Buena Vista Social Club to Bert Jansch, Coldplay to BB King.

Hailing from picturesque south Devon, the 24 year-old picked up his first guitar on his eighth birthday. From then on he began to learn one style after another: acoustic, electric, classical but most noticeably flamenco, a style that is deeply rooted in the rhythmic-percussive finger-picking technique that he is known for today.

Fresh off the Ed Sheeran tour and an EP about to drop, things are looking pretty bright for Ryan in 2012.

The stop-motion animator Andy Shackleford (Postman Pat) has made an amazing music video for ‘Focus’ which is sure to garner lots of attention upon its release.

He’s also been pegged as the “One To Watch” in 2012 by The Daily Mirror.

His single ‘Focus’ has received Radio 1 support from the likes of Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe (He’s Zane’s “Next Hype”!) and he’s preparing to hit the festival circuit this summer…

Tickets are on sale now through for £7.