Ben Walker was recently hailed as one of 'the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine. A versatile producer and 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 and a BBC Folk Award as a duo with Josienne Clarke and more than fifty records as a producer of other artists, Ben’s signature style has been sought after from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Having built a reputation for compositional innovation as well as technical accomplishment, Ben's 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 instrumental EP was immediately picked up by Radio 2. Reviewers pronounced it ‘jaw-dropping’ (Folk Radio UK), and ‘almost obscenely good’ (Fatea), calling for a full album soon to follow.
Echo is that album and it's out now. A mixture of original compositions, traditional songs and poems set to music, it features guest vocalists from the cream of the new folk generation alongside Ben's unmistakable string and synth arrangements and fingerstyle guitar.
Early reviews have dubbed it 'groundbreaking...innovative...passionate...exceptional' (Folk Radio UK), 'a profound statement connecting past and present' (fRoots), 'dazzling from start to finish' (The Living Tradition) and just, very simply, 'stunning' (The Guardian).
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Ben's skill is in creating sounds that fit perfectly with the spirit of the song.
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