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.