Echo Ben Walker
- 2The Ecchoing Green02:30
- 3Ha'nacker Mill02:49
- 5Let Me In At The Door03:21
- 6Cross Fell03:34
- 7On Humber Bank04:37
- 8How Stands The Glass Around03:27
- 9The Island04:02
- 10Nurses' Songs03:07
Info for Echo
Ben Walker was recently hailed as one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now by Total Guitar magazine. 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.
In divided times, Echo reflects centuries-old words back to us for today, reimagined in new music. Examining traces of the past to help make sense of an uncertain present, Ben found that some things never grow old; the cycles of life, the sound of the land and the water, stories of loss of innocence, of pride and shame, hope and fear. 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, "there's a touch of hauntology to it all the shadows of the past are always there in the future, whether we like it or not. Weirdly, I've found a little solace in the fact that some things come and go, and some things stay." The album also features Bella Hardy, Kitty MacFarlane, JinWoo, Laura Hockehull, Hazel Askew, Laura Ward, Thom Ashworth
Ben Walker, guitar, vocals
Kitty Macfarlan, vocals
Basia Bartz, viloin
Anna Jenkins, violin, viola
Jo Silverston, cello
John Parker, double bass
Bella Hardy, fiddle (on The Island)
Laura Ward, flute (on Eostre)
Katherine Price, oboe (on Eostre)
was recently hailed as one of 'the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine.
A versatile producer as well as a 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. With a reputation for compositional innovation as well as technical accomplishment, his 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 came out in 2018. It was immediately picked up by Mark Radcliffe for Radio 2. Reviewers pronounced it ‘jaw-dropping’ (Folk Radio UK), and ‘almost obscenely good’ (Fatea), calling for a full album soon to follow.
This album contains no booklet.