Ben Walker was recently hailed as one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine. Hailing from rural Worcestershire, he is inspired by finding the past in the present, by the languages and lived experience of ordinary people and the names, songs and stories that reflect each other down the ages.
A versatile composer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, his passion is putting old jewels in new settings. After 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 Walker's signature style has been sought out from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
With this work recognised as 'thoughtful' (The Guardian), 'deft' (Telegraph) and even 'legendary' (Morning Star), he had already built a reputation among his peers for fusing tradition, for innovation and for playing like absolutely no-one else when he released his first solo record in 2018.
An EP, The Fox on the Downs showcased his mastery of his instrument and his love for traditional English music. Reviewers pronounced it ‘jaw-dropping’ (Folk Radio UK), and ‘obscenely good’ (Fatea). His first full album, Echo, was released in July 2019 - a reminder that with Ben, ‘guitarist’ never quite covered it all.
Critics have given it a rapturous reception, with folk and world music bible fRoots magazine the first to welcome it as ‘a profound statement connecting past and present - it sounds very special’. Verity Sharp picked it up for BBC Radio 3’s legendary The Late Junction within a week of release, telling listeners ‘it just floors me every time I hear it.’
Folk Radio UK agreed that ‘Ben’s reputation for melding tradition with ground-breaking, innovative, indeed passionate music, is truly enhanced with this exceptional release.’
The Guardian remarked on ‘hauntology reminiscent of Gavin Bryars’ after declaring it simply ‘stunning’.
The Living Tradition called it ‘sublime, intelligent, totally compelling...dazzling from start to finish’.He's just getting started.
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