Sun 21st Jul 19 08:00 edit
Ben Walker was recently hailed as ‘one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world’ by Total Guitar magazine. A BBC Folk Award winner, a versatile producer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, he has a passion for putting old jewels in new settings, for bringing together traditional and contemporary music and for playing it like no-one else.
With six critically acclaimed albums as a duo with Josienne Clarke and more than fifty as a producer of other artists, Ben’s signature style has been sought after from punk to Proms. His music has been described as ‘thoughtful’ ( Guardian ), ‘deft’ ( Telegraph ) and even ‘legendary’ ( Morning Star ).
The Fox on the Downs , Ben’s first solo record, a deceptively simple, self-released instrumental EP came out in 2018. Mark Radcliffe jumped on it for Radio 2. Reviewers pronounced it ‘jawdropping’ ( Folk Radio UK ), and ‘almost obscenely good’ ( Fatea ), calling for a full album soon to follow. Echo will be released in the Summer of 2019.
Ben is keen to share some of the lost treasures of our folk heritage and their stories, alongside his own compelling original compositions in this intimate instrumental set.