2019 album. Folk.
Composer, instrumentalist and producer Ben Walker is releasing his highly anticipated debut solo album ‘Echo’ following last year’s critically acclaimed 2018 EP ‘The Fox On The Downs’. He was recently hailed as one of “the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now” by Total Guitar magazine and his new album is to be released via Folkroom Records.
Ben is an exceptionally versatile composer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist and his passion is putting old jewels in new settings, for bringing together traditional and contemporary music and for playing it like no-one else. In divided times, ‘Echo’ reflects centuries-old words back to us for today, reimagined in new music. Drawing on field recordings from the EFDSS library, the newly established Sussex Tradition archive and lyrics from the 18th and 19th centuries, with composition influenced by contemporary classical and electronic music and Ben’s trademark fingerstyle, ‘Echo’ combines original instrumental pieces, traditional songs and poems set to music.
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.