Toby Walker brings Blues to Valley Folk Music
February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm$5 – $20
Roots music fingerstyle guitar wizard blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz – and he sings!
1st place : International Blues Challenge Award – Solo division – the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.
NY Music Award for Best Instrumental CD.
Internationally and nationally acclaimed Toby Walker has been hailed as an award winning, roots music fingerstyle guitar virtuoso and songwriter who has toured the US, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Blending the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, old-time jazz and rock, Walker has his own style and as such received numerous awards, including being the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award in Memphis and the NY Music Award for best instrumental CD. Walker has also been inducted into the NY Blues Hall Of Fame.
Walker is a nationally recognized guitar instructor, having taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, Woody Mann’s Guitar Seminars, The Swanannoa Gathering, and the National Guitar Workshop. Walker also has eight instructional DVD’s on Happy Traum’s Homespun Music Instruction, and has produced hundreds of instructional videos on his own.
Toby’s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music 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 some of the more obscure – but immensely talented – music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James “Son” Thomas,Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others.
“If he doesn’t get them with his phenomenal guitar playing or catchy songs, he gets them with his wonderful stories. True entertainers have an engaing spirit that puts a smile on your face. Arlo Guthrie has it. David Bromberg has it. And so does Toby. ”
– John Platt – WFUV
“Flat out… you have to hear this great musician… I’m blown away”
Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane
“A fingerpicking guitar virtuoso”- Happy Traum
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2 pm
144 Cedar St. Corning NY
at the First United Methodist Church -use First St. door
Pre-concert jam session 90 minutes before each concert – bring instruments, songs.
Info? www.valleyfolk.org (607) 962-4461 firstname.lastname@example.org
March 14, (Sat 7:30) Irish Harpist Máire Ni Chathasaigh w/ Chris Newman on guitar (British Isles)
May 3 (Sun 2:00), The Early Mays – American harmony trio of women (USA)
Monthly Pub Sings (songs with rousing choruses) moving to British style pub with real cask ales The Beerocracy @ 4520 NY Route 14, Rock Stream NY, beginning Feb 7th, 2020 and most 1st Fridays after. Info? 607 962-4461