Ben Walker + ewe
Ben Walker was recently hailed as ‘one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world’ by Total Guitar magazine. A BBC Folk Award winner, a versatile producer as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, he has a passion for putting old jewels in new settings, for bringing together traditional and contemporary music and for playing it like no-one else.
With six critically acclaimed albums as a duo with singer/songwriter Josienne Clarke and more than fifty as a producer of other artists, Ben’s signature style as a composer and arranger has been sought after from punk to Proms. His music has been described as ‘thoughtful’ ( Guardian ), ‘deft’ ( Telegraph ) and even ‘legendary’ ( Morning Star ). His first solo EP – The Fox on the Downs was released in 2018, showcasing his mastery of his instrument. Reviewers pronounced it ‘jaw-dropping’ ( Folk Radio UK ), and ‘almost obscenely good’ ( Fatea ), calling for a solo album soon to follow.
Ben has been developing a repertoire which is in equal part his characteristically virtuosic playing and a gently whimsical history lesson. He’s keen to share some lost treasures of our folk heritage alongside his compelling original compositions in this intimate instrumental set.
ewe is a musical collective led by SE London multi-instrumentalist, Cameron J Niven.
ewe draw on folk, blues, latin & north African music to form lyrical songs whose rhythmic and hypnotic qualities have earned comparisons to Devendra Banhart, M Ward and Milton Nascimento. They have received support from BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio London, FRUK, FATEA and attracted the interest of Mice Parade’s Adam Pierce who arranged several dates in New York, including a support show for British Sea Power splinter group Brakes. ewe returned from the USA to play a sellout show at St Pancras Old Church.
Tonight ewe appear as Ben Walker (guitar), Cameron Niven (guitar, vox), John Parker (double bass), Maya McCourt (cello)