Mind to Ramble
Eddie Walker is a big, smiley Teesider who plays great finger-style guitar, and even if "Mind To Ramble" wasn't "dedicated to the memory of Mississippi John Hurt 1892-1966", we wouldn't need to be Masterminds to identify Eddie's major influence. As well as the Walker-penned title track in the style of the Great Man, there's also a cover of Hurt's "Got The Blues (Just Can't be Satisfied)" later on. Chances are if we sawed Eddie in half we'd find he had John Hurt written right through him.
There are other influences and other cover versions - Doc Watson, Buddy Holly, John Prine and Steve Goodman all provide Eddie with top-class material (as well as inspiration for his original songs and tunes) - and there's an extraordinary version of how "Raglan Road" would've sounded if the Carter Family had ever recorded it.
It's a solo effort throughout which faithfully presents Eddie's fine playing and, with the assistance of some extensive and entertaining liner-notes, goes a long way towards reflecting his basic philosophy. He is a well-travelled, hard-working professional musician, and this CD should sell by the barrow-load after each and every one of his gigs.
Alan Rose - THE LIVING TRADITION
Recent Reviews.......WHAT THE OTHERS HAVE SAID
.....sparkled with wit and vivacity...astonishingly versatile...THE SCOTSMAN
.....Walker has not only a fine reputation as a great interpreter of Ragtime and Blues but also for his own material. TIME OUT
Having the likes of Mr. Walker in the folk clubs is a welcome breathe of fresh air. SOUTHERN RAG
Growing in stature before your eyes. MELODY MAKER
Not only does he play a very pretty guitar but he plays it so well and the vast range of styles accomplished are evident of his ear for good music. A great guy, the versatile, visual and vocal E. Walker esq. Give him a try. Itíll be worth it. CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
The quality of music and performance sets a standard any musician would be proud to achieve. NORTH EAST FOLK ROUNDABOUT
....an extraordinary guitarist...Iíve never heard of him before but heís brilliant. A great performance. YORK EVENING NEWS
....an excellent guitarist and engaging vocalist...he develops rapport with the audience, has a nice line in loud shirts and bad jokes. Well worth catching. BLUEPRINT
...a small man with a broad musical policy, he crosses the style barriers with ease.... marvellously relaxed guitar rooted in the blues and eschewing flash in favour of precision. GLASGOW HERALD
...back in town again for another series of great shows.....SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
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