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Branford Folk Music Society Featuring Toby Walker Feburary 10th at Branford Folk Coffee House
Posted on January 31st, 2018

February 10, 2018: Toby Walker - Toby Walker is a winner of the prestigious International Blues Challenge Award and has been hailed as a finger style guitar virtuoso. If you were with us in 2013 when he made his Branford Folk debut you know exactly what we're talking about.

Toby combines the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style. Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says, "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away". Kaukonen has employed Toby to teach at his internationally famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for more than a decade.

Toby was recognized as a "Master Blues Artist" by the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2014 and four years previous won the New York Music Award for "Best Instrumental CD," sharing honors on stage with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among other award winners. His crowning achievement, however, was winning first place in the International Blues Challenge Award given by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.

He has toured America, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and, most recently, Cyprus, and he's been the subject of profiles in The New York Times, the London Sunday Times, on the London BBC and on Sirius-XM radio.

At a young age, Toby's passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music forms 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.

Toby recently released several instructional guitar DVDs for the renowned Homespun Tapes which have been garnering rave reviews and his latest CD release – "Mileage" – has been hailed by critics as a shining success in the genre of traditional blues. Carnegie Hall recently acknowledged his talent and hired him to augment and teach in their "American Roots" program aimed at honor level middle school students.

Admission: $20 non-members, $17 members, $5 children 12 and under.

Branford Folk Coffeehouse
First Congregational Church of Branford 
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT
8:00 P.M.
Wheelchair accessible

For more information call 203-488-7715 
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Branford Folk Coffeehouse welcomes refreshment donations of pastries, cold drinks and other assorted goodies!

Branford Folk Music Society - Traditionally, the Best Folk Music in southern Connecticut since 1973

Branford Folk Gift Shop: 

How about a gift certificate for one or more great traditional folk shows? Or a season membership?
Oh and of course to be totally comfy at our concerts or just about anywhere else, we have the Branford Folk logo cushions with removable, cleanable covers!  Only 4 left!
Really, shopping for yourself and your friends is easy, peasy when you select a gift from the Branford Folk Music Coffeehouse store. And you support our upcoming performances at the same time!

All of the above are available for sale at the upcoming concerts. Best choices for your folk music loving friends and family. Don’t miss out!

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