In-Depth – Tom C Walker
Funky as fuck, soulful and with an edge sharper than a switchblade, Tom C Walker is one of those musicians when you watch them play you can do nothing but smile. The kind of Cheshire cat smile that goes from ear to ear, you know the one.
It’s something in the way Tom C Waker approaches music that is just irresistible and it’s clear that very thing is pure passion. For a 23-year-old, Tom has done more in his lifetime than many accomplished musicians. At 12 years old Tom was playing around the country in different line-ups alongside much older musicians. By 20, Tom was touring the USA, jamming with local blues players as well as playing to packed out venues.
Following the success of his USA tour, Tom then tackled the UK blues scene head-on with the Tom Walker Trio, headlining the most prestigious venues in the UK including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 100 Club London, The Borderline London, Eailing Blues Club, The Birmingham Town Hall and The Birmingham Symphony Hall. Tom’s meteoric rise led to a residency in Jools Holland’s The Jam House. Over this time the trio toured with some of the most influential acts of the past 60 years, including The Moody Blues John Lodge, Paul Jones (Manfred Man, The Blues Band, BBC Radio 2) and The Move, as well as American blues artists including Eric Gales and Devon Alman.
Tom isn’t just a live performer, he nails it on record too. The Stranger’s Face EP, released in 2016 received outstanding reviews in blues magazines like the prestigious Blues in Britain. The trio didn’t just receive glowing column space, they hit the airwaves like a sledgehammer, racking up radio play on The Paul Jones Blues Show (BBC Radio 2), The Paul Franks Show (BBC Radio WM) and Switch Radio to name-drop just a few.
In April 2017 Tom released the Into Space EP with the single Sweet Angel flying straight in the Top 20 of the IBBA Blues charts, selling thousands of copies worldwide and cementing his name as one of the great blues musicians of his generation.
You can catch Tom C Walker at Albert’s Shed with his new four-piece supporting Catfish on Sunday 4th November 2018.