Hal Walker grew up in Kent, Ohio blowing the harmonica along the banks of the Cuyahoga River.  He is a singer,  songwriter and  musical explorer.  A natural-born musician, he is truly one-of-a-kind.  His creative and passionate style engages audiences of all ages. Hal Walker writes soul-searching songs that celebrate community, diversity and the creative process. His soaring baritone voice is a Northeastern Ohio treasure.  Hal has released 2 albums of his songs and one CD of instrumental music. Home in Ohio and Life Wonderful are available for purchase online and on itunes.

Hal Walker, the multi-instrumentalist, composes and improvises on the guitar, piano, harmonica, the khaen, jew’s harp and concertina.  In collaboration, he has developed a modern version of a traditional African instrument called a “Banakula.” (Ba-na-‘ku-la) Hal is the creator of   Hal has a particular talent for taking an instrument associated with a particular culture, such as the khaen or the African banakulas, and, after learning how they are traditionally used, he then makes the instrument his own by playing them in a uniquely modern way.

Hal Walker, the teaching artist, enjoys ongoing collaborations with Ohio arts organizations.  He is on the roster of artists of the Ohio Arts Council Arts Learning program and The Center for Arts Inspired Learning (CAL).  For over 10 years he was a director and resident composer for the Summit Children’s Choir. He is the resident musician for the Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Department.

Hal’s professional highlights include collaborations with Cleveland’s esteemed Groundworks Dance Theater and leading roles with the Mad River Theater Company of West Liberty, Ohio. Hal is an active member of the Ohio Arts Presenters Network (OAPN) and the Society for the Preservation of the Harmonica. (SPAH)   Also, for over 20 years, Hal has been the music director of the Unitarian-Universalist church of Kent.

Hal Walker lives in a houseful of musical instruments in Kent with his 18 year old daughter, Hallie.



3 thoughts on “Bio

  • July 18, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    I saw you in Kent years ago at Bradys. You were great. You apparently had some equipment stollen and I recall the whole place chipped in some to help out.

  • December 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Do you give skype lessons and how much is it? I live in Delphos, Ohio and started learning harmonica thru videos by JP Allen. I seemed to be stalled not knowing how to tie it all together.

  • December 14, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Yes. I give Skype lessons. Send me an email to discuss. Thanks, Hal

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