GrassRoots Regina is pleased to present singer-songwriter and master storyteller Norm Walker in a CD release concert.
Norm specializes in story-singing with folk tales, urban legends and true stories often suppling the inspiration for his work. Norm accompanies his story-songs on acoustic guitar in a broad range of styles including traditional British, Irish, old-time American, western, cowboy and swing.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The Exchange, 2431 8th Avenue, Regina
Show starts at 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 at the door.
Click here to see poster.
Born in Melaval, Saskatchewan, and based in Regina and Moose Jaw, Norm Walker has been a long-time fixture of Regina’s folk music and storytelling scene. He is probably best known for his association with the Regina Guild of Folk Arts as an organizer of the Regina Folk Festival and their winter concert series. He is also a performing singer, songwriter and musician, accompanying himself and others on guitar or mandolin.
Norm’s approach to music is predominantly acoustic. He has an uncanny ability to marry words with music to sing true stories, recount folk tales and spin yarns. His ability to weave stories with humour leaves audiences chuckling and humming punchlines long after the concert is over. His songs cover a variety of themes, including urban legends, electrical theory, the Saskatchewan Prairie, gardening, apostrophe abuse, politics and community.
Norm’s first CD “T” Time: Time Tested Tales, Tall and True (2002) was mostly a collection of story-oriented songs. Since that time he has written numerous songs expanding on the approaches he began with the “T” Time CD. Many of these songs are featured on his latest CD, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts which is due for release on April 30. The CD was produced by renowned Canadian bluesman Ken Hamm. It features contributions by various Prairie artists including Ken himself, Paddy Tutty, Kathy Cook and David Wilkie. Norm is delighted that Ken Hamm and Paddy Tutty will be joining him on stage for this concert.
“CBC radio should base a regular show around him.” - Barry Hamm, Penguin Eggs magazine
“Walker has a penchant for straddling the line between the things that make folks laugh, and those they have to laugh about to keep from crying.” - Chuck Molgat, prairie dog magazine
Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts clip:
The Apostrophe Squad Theme Song clip:
Guardian Angel clip:
Ballad of Ross and Anna clip
Web site: www.normwalker.com