Ben Walker was 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.
Born in Worcestershire and trained in classical guitar from a young age, now a BBC Folk Award winner with more than seventy records 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. He has built a reputation among his peers for fusing tradition and innovation and for playing like no-one else.
His personal passion is for linking the past, present and future. His series of instrumental EPs exploring the music of the eighteenth century are characteristically charming. His reimagining of John Dowland’s Lachrimae Pavane for the electric guitar found a central role in the RSC’s Venice Preserv’d.
Reviews of his 2018 solo album ‘Echo’ remarked on ‘hauntology reminiscent of Gavin Bryars’ (The Guardian) and ‘a profound statement connecting past and present’ (fRoots).
While Ben’s warm, whimsical and virtuosic solo guitar performances regularly delight folk audiences in the UK and further afield, his studio work and his collaborations with the finest of UK folk music enchant and intrigue in equal measure.
In 2021 Ben is very much looking forward to releasing his joint project with remarkable singer/songwriter Kirsty Merryn, Life and the Land, with tour dates soon to be announced.
That just floors me every time I hear it…his guitar playing is second to none
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
gorgeous…a lovely album. Incredibly atmospheric, absolutely beautiful