Ben Walker is best known as a folk musician. Recently hailed as one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine and ‘a great guitarist, composer and producer’ by Mark Radcliffe on the Radio 2 Folk Show, his passion is putting old jewels in new settings.
With his work recognised as ‘deft’ (Telegraph), ‘stunning’ (The Guardian) and ‘second to none’ (Verity Sharp, Radio 3 The Late Junction), he has built a reputation among his peers for fusing tradition and innovation like no-one else.
Born in Worcestershire and trained in classical guitar from a young age, Ben Walker has been building a career as a soloist as well as as a collaborator with other musicians.
A BBC Folk Award winner with more than fifty albums under his belt as a producer and player, Ben Walker’s signature style has been sought out from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company. Reviews of his 2019 solo album ‘Echo’ remarked on ‘hauntology reminiscent of Gavin Bryars’ (The Guardian) and ‘a profound statement connecting past and present’ (fRoots). Songlines Magazine gave it a coveted five star review, calling it ‘ambitious, distinctive and brilliantly achieved’.
Last year, his reimagining of John Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavane for the electric guitar found a central role in the RSC’s Venice Preserv’d.
In between producing and playing for other artists, Ben’s characteristically warm, whimsical and virtuosic solo set delights folk audiences and festivals in the UK and further afield.
Reviews for Echo
‘That just floors me every time I hear it…his guitar playing is second to none.’
Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3, The Late Junction
‘beautiful… stunning, some of the best guitar playing you are likely to hear and the best ending of any track I’ve ever played on this show’.
Greg Russell, BBC New Traditions
‘gorgeous…a lovely album. Incredibly atmospheric, absolutely beautiful’
Genevieve Tudor, BBC Sunday Folk
‘Stunning… from hauntology reminiscent of Gavin Bryers…to gorgeous duets’
‘Ambitious, distinctive and brilliantly achieved.’
‘A profound statement connecting past and present…very special.’
‘…well deserving of your attention’
‘Ben’s reputation for melding tradition with ground-breaking, innovative, indeed passionate music is truly enhanced with this exceptional release.’
Folk Radio UK
‘Sublime, intelligent, totally compelling…dazzling from start to finish’
The Living Tradition
‘Hypnotically beautiful…quietly majestic…amazing’
‘An intensely thoughtful album, one whose depth of creation belies its gentle and unassuming nature and thus is not to be underestimated.’
‘Echo is een intrigerend en tijdloos album’
‘Stunning from start to finish’
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