Toby Walker returns to Long Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, to open the Folk Music Society of Huntington’s 2012-2013 season of monthly First Saturday Concerts at the Congregational Church of Huntington, 30 Washington Drive (off Route 25A) in Centerport. His wife, Carol, will accompany him. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. concert, which is preceded by an open mic at 7:30 p.m., are $25; $20 for FMSH members. They may be securely ordered online at www.fmsh.org or purchased at the door.
“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 engaging spirit that puts a smile on your face. Arlo Guthrie has it. David Bromberg has it. And so does Toby” – John Platt, host of Sunday Breakfast on WFUV-FM (Bronx, NY)
“When Toby Walker straps the guitar on, the notes fly at a rate that is dizzying. They dance with speed, grace and precision. The effect is one of steel-like strength. His blues are a flash of muscle and his gentle fingerstyle ballads speak poetry.” – Richard Cuccaro, editor of Acoustic Live! In New York City and Beyond
“Flat out… you have to hear this great musician… I’m blown away” – Jorma Kaukonen Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
An acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist, who is adept at blues, rags and hot country picking, Toby Walker coaxes more out of a guitar than anyone can imagine. But the originality doesn’t end there. He is also a skilled singer and songwriter who draws inspiration from traditional and contemporary music.
Here’s a link to a video of Toby performing “Whipping Post”:
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. He shares this music and the stories of his travels in concert. With this as his foundation, Toby creates something uniquely his own and has been impressing audiences at coffeehouses, concert halls, festivals, libraries and schools on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s taught in the schools for Carnegie Hall and at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio; won the prestigious International Blues Challenge Award in Memphis; been featured twice in The New York Times, and performed on the Main Stage at the renowned Philadelphia Folk Festival. For more information on Toby and to view video clips of him performing live in concert, visit www.littletobywalker.com.