Real Ale & Music Sat 6 April Toft House M`Boro – FRANK PORTER & EDDIE WALKER / DAN WALKER

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It’s not so unusual around Teesside today to find people who were originally involved in the expanding interest for Folk and Blues music back in the 1960s, who are not only around the local scene but still playing too! Eddie Walker and Frank Porter are two very old hands then who teamed up out of their mutual interest for acoustic guitar picking and choice repertoire after meeting at Eston Folk Club at The Cleveland Bay. Frank was to go on to join the Teesside Fettlers in probably their most successful line-up and Eddie eventually turned to full-time music-making in 1979.

In between times from that first relatively short incarnation of the duo these two guys have kept in touch and even played gigs together on and off at the White Swan, Stokesley, where for many years Eddie had an annual show at Xmas time for close friends and family and Frank would join him on bass fiddle. In 1981 Frank contributed guitar and bass on several tracks for Eddie’s second LP, Castle Café.

In 2013 Eddie came off the full-time touring circuit, that during his 35 years playing professionally had taken him as far away as New Zealand and Hong Kong and all across Europe and Britain. He had a successful relationship with the great Welsh guitarist John James in their band Carolina Shout! that lasted over 7 years and he has toured more recently with the Scots harmonica virtuoso Fraser Speirs, after Fraser finished his 2 year stint in Paolo Nutini’s band. After recording tracks on Paolo’s #1 album Sunny Side Up he did a whole CD with Eddie called Red Shoes & Blues that is available now.

Frank and Eddie’s repertoire draws from the earlier years of the 20th Century covering many different vocal and instrumental styles that the guys have adapted for two acoustic guitars, from Irvine Berlin to Django Reinhardt, Ragtime to Bluegrass, Country Blues to Western Swing and Hillbilly Folk, novelty tunes and Eddie’s own songs and instrumental pieces. Deadly serious about music for sure they find it hard to be anything other but humorous and entertaining with their presentation.

Special guest: DAN WALKER. Talent and a love of good music clearly runs in the Walker family. Dan is a professional musician, guitar tutor and promoter who studied music to masters’ level at the University of West London.

ÂŁ8 (adv) ÂŁ10 (door)

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