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On the radar: Josienne Clarke And Ben Walker

Rough Trade signees Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are a British folk duo, but new album Overnight stretches that definition into soulful electric territory. 

Fortunately, Ben is a skilled, emotive guitarist who can do this without breaking a sweat.

I’d rather have feel and live with the imperfections - we’re all human after all!

Ben Walker

“I grew up playing classical guitar, so playing a melody and rhythm at the same time is second nature,” he tells us.

“After that, I jumped ship to electric, and learned pretty quickly that playing in a band isn’t an excuse to solo for 45 minutes!” 

Fine Fylde

Appropriately, studio engineer Ben has crafted a sophisticated record that sees his Fylde acoustics (including a fan-fret Falstaff) put to fine use.

“I’ve become more interested in feel than perfection,” reflects Ben. “I’d rather have feel and live with the imperfections - we’re all human after all!”

(Image credit: Press)
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Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.

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