BEN WALKER performs the song "A FEW CRAZY DAYS EACH YEAR" for BalconyTV.
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Ben Walker was born Benjamin Ward in London, England in 1968, moving to the county of Suffolk in 1980. He studied classical piano at Colchester Institute, jazz piano at Leeds College of Music and jazz singing and mandolin at Middlesex University and William Paterson College, New Jersey, gaining a first class degree in Performance Arts from Middlesex University in 1994.
Walker started performing original music solo in Suffolk pubs age 17, eventually becoming involved in folk sessions and mandolin playing while studying jazz and classical music formally. A period as a jobbing musician ended in 1998 with a move to Bradford, West Yorkshire and a succession of office jobs, which funded and partly inspired Walker’s self-released debut CD ‘Bahaudin’.
Between 2002 and 2006 Walker played a steady series of gigs and appearances in West Yorkshire, Suffolk, London, New Jersey and Toronto before a 2-year hiatus from performing and eventual move to Toronto, Canada in 2010.
Ben Walker has recorded 4 albums and 2 EPs, the second of which is set for release in 2015, working with members of Lindisfarne, 10cc, New Model Army, Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and The Sunparlour Players as well as noted jazz and folk musicians Nigel Stonier, Patrick Naylor, Kevin James and David French. He is currently performing in Toronto with guitarist James Rohr as The Ben Walker Duo.
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