Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:00pm – 10:45pm

Antidote for Wintertime Blues at Branford Folk

Sponsored by: Branford Folk Music Society

The Branford Folk Music Society is offering the perfect antidote to the wintertime blues when it hosts Toby Walker, winner of the prestigious International Blues Challenge Award who’s been hailed as a finger style guitar virtuoso, on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford on the Town Green.

Admission is $20 for non-members, $17 for members and $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call 203-488-7715 or access the society’s Web page at www.branfordfolk.org/

Walker, who made his Branford Folk debut in 2013, combines the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique styling. Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says, “Flat out… you have to hear this great musician… I’m blown away”. Kaukonen has employed Walker as a teacher at his internationally famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for more than a decade.

Walker was recognized in 2014 as a “Master Blues Artist” by the New York Blues Hall of Fame and four years previous won the New York Music Award for “Best Instrumental CD,” sharing honors on stage with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among other award winners.

His crowning achievement, however, was winning a prestigious first place award in the International Blues Challenge Award given by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

  He has toured America, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and, most recently, Cyprus, and he’s been the subject of profiles in The New York Times and the London Sunday Times and has appeared on the London BBC and on Sirius-XM radio.

  At a young age, Walker’s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music forms drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down several of the more obscure — but immensely talented — bluesmakers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James “Son” Thomas, Etta Baker and R. L Burnside, among others.

Walker recently released several instructional guitar DVDs for Homespun Tapes and he just released a new album of traditional blues entitled “From The Ground Up” that is already receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Carnegie Hall recently acknowledged his talent and hired him to augment and teach in their “American Roots” program aimed at honor level middle school students.

Admission: $20, $17
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street
Branford
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