My name is Ryan Cook and I come from a small fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada. I grew up singing in local punk /death metal bands but shortly after college learned some old cowboy songs and would occasionally sing them at a Zellers Restaurant. I quickly graduated to cafes, clubs, and showcase stages and was lucky enough to even win some awards. In 2009 I was invited by WSM Radio to sing my own songs at the Ryman Auditorium and Ernest Tubb Record Shops in Nashville, Tennessee. These days, I spend half the year singing and the other half travelling far & wide with my dog -El Banjo. We take photographs, camp, and sing for the fine folks out on the lost highway. 
This is my story and it's all true.



The last two Valley Singer Shows of 2015 

Friday September 11th I'll be performing my only public show this year in Yarmouth Nova Scotia (my hometown). This show features The Valley Singers PLUS Robin Dellinger on guitar & Len Leblanc on percussion! Not to be missed!‪ http://www.yarcplayhouse.com

We will be performing our LAST Valley Singer show on Saturday night September 12th with the same ensemble at The Westfield Community Centre. All details to the right side of this page >

Let's get busy 

Things are about to heat up as we hit the final frame of 2015 in Atlantic Canada. I'll be appearing at a number of shows in Nova Scotia from now until October before beginning the long migration south for the Winter. 

Some great shows coming up and 6 final performances with the Valley Singers! Come see this show as we will not be running it in 2016. All kids of great venues in this list:

Saturday, August 22 -House Concert
7:00 PM, Robinsons Corner, NS

Friday, August 28 -Ryan Cook & The Valley Singers @ HouseRead more


I've just received a nice invitation to open for Alt-Country singer Lindi Ortega at this years Halifax Urban Folk Festival. The show takes place Tuesday, September 1st at the historical Carleton Music Bar & Grill and I betcha tickets will go fast! Lindi is from Toronto originally and has been making a big deal across North America for the last few years. This should be a great show, with the Halifax All Star band backing her up. COME! 


OMG he's back with a NEW WEB SITE 

You may have noticed my website has received a few facelifts over the past few months. I gathered some feedback and it seemed that Carol in BeaverBank really missed the blog section of my old site. So, I've reinstated the old blog and will continue to update it as obviously my fingers are really on the pulse of whats happening in music these days. 

I had a whirlwind start to 2015. To be exact, I white-man-danced on Koh Chang's Lonely Beach in Thailand until 8am ringing in the New Year professionally. As the… Read more

This Saturday Night (MAY 16th) I will be performing a solo show in The Village of Gagetown 

I've been lucky enough to perform to a few packed houses at the Creekview Restaurant in The Village of Gagetown and it's the closest thing to a house concert I've experienced while in a public setting. One of the few shows I'll be doing without the singers this year was planned just recently when I spoke with Barbaba Masters -owner/operator at the Creekview. I was hoping to get in with a Valley Singer Show but we couldn't find a date so rather than hold out until 2016 I'll stop by Saturday night for my… Read more


Last night in Holland Landing, Ontario we raised $1600 for the Child Haven International Earthquake Relief fund in Nepal. Thank you! 

On Thursday May 7th, 2015 the community of Holland Landing raised $1600 for the Child Haven International Earthquake Relief fund in Nepal. 

Thank you to all the supporters and entertainers who helped raise money desperately needed in a place dear to the hearts of Kelly Sloan, myself & many other Canadians- Nepal. 

With friends in Pokhara, Nepal December 2014.


May 1st in Holland Landing, Ontario 

Holland Landing, Ontario is a special place for me. I've spent a lot of time here in the last few years between my summer months in Atlantic Canada and my migrated southern winters. It was an honor to perform the first Valley Singer Show of 2015 in Holland Landing with the Ontario Chapter of the Valley Singers. 

When I had the concept for this new show in 2015 I knew I'd be working with a rotating cast of singers across the country. For me, it's the only way to work. I'm simply not in one place long enough… Read more

Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week

Th' YARC, 76 Parade Street, Yarmouth, NS, CANADA

City Drug/Sip Cafe Stage @Th'YARC Doors 7:30 PM Showtime 8:00 PM Admission - Festival Wristband, Delegate Pass, or $10 at the door (Subject to capacity)


Guest on The John Allaire Show

Quinn's Ale House, 1070 Bank St, Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA

The John Allaire show- Songs and Stories from around the World! This is an extremely good time in downtown Ottawa. Seating is quite limited and usually packed so please plan accordingly if travelling from outside the city! Show starts at 3pm!



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