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Ben Walker

Ben Bahaudin Walker was born Benjamin Ward in London, England in 1968, moving to the hamlet of Kersey Uplands, in 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 (including busking) 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 2010 Walker played gigs and made appearances in West Yorkshire, Suffolk, London, New Jersey and Toronto and toured the former soviet republic of Georgia with singing group Samzeo in 2009 before moving to Toronto, Canada in 2010.

After singing with another Georgian music ensemble, Machari, in 2011, Walker joined forces with Gare Black in Ben and Gary’s Ice Cream Band and met bassist Alfred Gertler. Both musicians were to feature on Walker’s first Canadian release.

Gorgeous, released on iTunes on December 2 nd 2013 was an album of re-recordings of songs written between 1986 and 1996 featuring Walker singing and playing most of the parts as well as engineering and producing. A CD party featuring the Ben Walker
Project (including guitarist James Rohr and bassist Jared Craig) was held at The Cameron House, Toronto on 3 October, 2015.

In 2015 Walker had a song picked up by the Family Channel for their show ‘Lost and Found Music Studios’. The episode 'Wondering', named after the song, first aired on January 20th 2017.

July 5 th 2016 saw the bandcamp release Astroturf, a download-only album compiling 10 dance-related tracks from the late 1990s. The middle name Bahaudin was added on November 1st.

Under the name Ben Walker there are 5 albums and 1 EP available, featuring members of Lindisfarne, 10cc, 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.

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