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Matt Walker - Started at around 14 years old playing at Selby Folk Club Started playing festivals – Port Fairy Folk Festival – National Folk Festival – Bridgetown Blues Festival, East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, etc from age 16 or 17 Member of Hills-a-billy rock band Wild Turkey in the early days. matt walker

Three of Matt's original compositions used in soundtrack of Australian documentary, Angel of Collingwood

Recorded a version of original composition Welcome Me Home for Real Australian Blues Vol. 1 compilation for Studio 52  Joined Broderick Smith Band playing dobro, guitar and lap steel and toured extensively around Australia, Played on and wrote music for Broderick Smith albums My Shiralee 1994, Songster 1995, Crayon Angels 1996 Recorded Matt Walker and Friends - Live at the Rainbow in 1995 - with Ashley Davies (drums), Andrew Entsch (double bass) and Jerry Hale (fiddle, guitar)

Performed with band Mighty Servant led by Ashley Davies (drums) with Andrew Entsch (bass). Recorded There's Life 1996 Recorded album I Listen to the Night with Ashley Davies 1997 which resulted in being nominated for two ARIA awards – Best Australian Male Artist, Best Australian World Music Recording Played support for overseas artists – John Hammond Junior, T-Model Ford, Bob Dylan/Patti Smith tour, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Cowboy Junkies, Cat Power, Gillian Welch, etc.

Performed headline shows around Australia with Ashley Davies

Played South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas with Ashley Davies. Also performed at the House of Blues in New Orleans and other venues in LA, Nashville and San Francisco 1998

Played gigs in Germany and Holland with Ashley Davies 1999

Recorded Soul Witness with Ashley Davies drums, Chris Abrahams piano and Ken Gormley bass which won an ARIA for Best Australian Blues and Roots Album 2000. Played a national tour with this line-up

Formed electric trio The Necessary Few with Grant Cummerford (bass) and Roger Bergodaz (drums) – completed a 52 gig Australian tour and recorded the album Navigational Skills 2003

Toured West Coast of US with Judah Bauer’s band – Twenty Miles

Collaborated with Mick Harvey in writing the sound track for the film Australian Rules – which won an ARIA for Best Soundtrack 2003

Two original songs used in award winning Australian film – Somersault 2004

Contributed an original track - I Won't See You Again - to the Barb Waters album Rosa Duet. 2004

Composed and played original music for Australian short film Hunter Finkelstein by Michael Weisler – starring Tim Rogers in the lead role 2005

Reformed the duo with Ashley Davies and played gigs in France and Holland in July/Aug, 2005 - the duo was invited to play the prestigious Blues Passions festival in Cognac, France

On Sept 5, 2005 Matt and Ashley released a new self-titled album – Matt Walker and Ashley Davies - on Matt’s label Stovepipe Records

National Tour with Ashley to promote the new album - Oct/Nov 2005 During 2005 invited to join Salmon. Salmon is a high concept five guitar, two drummer, no lead vocal, instrumental hard rock band led by Kim Salmon  During 2006 completed three Industry Sampler albums - all instrumental and set up The 8 Track Shack recording studio  2007 saw the release of Salmon's album - Rock Formations (vinyl and cd formats) on Spanish label Bang Records Busy recording in the 8 Track Shack and producing albums for Crystal Thomas and Liz Stringer

Performed as a duo with Ashley Davies at the inaugural Adelaide International Guitar Festival

2008 Producing new album Unknown Country for Broderick Smith
Liz Stringer's album, Pendulum, produced by Matt, released
Crystal Thomas & the Flowers of Evil, produced by Matt, released on Stovepipe Records
Touring as part of Mia Dyson band including Joe Cocker Australian Tour and West Coast Blues and Roots Festival
Played the second Adelaide International Guitar Festival (2008) with Ashley Davies

Played at Port Fairy Folk Festival as part of Broderick Smith Band
Broderick Smith's album, Unknown Country - produced by Matt, released on Liberation Music
Played as a duo with Ashley Davies at the Apollo Bay Music Festival