Englishman Tom Walbank was born in the town of Wells, Somerset in 1969. Raised in Totnes, Devon, he discovered blues in his teens, beginning with harmonica (which remains to this day his main instrument).
Tom's harp playing is influenced by Sonny Terry, James Cotton, Sugar Blue, Mark Feltham and Rory McLeod. He plays guitar in the style of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, Son House and Big Joe Williams. He has toured both in North America and in Europe.
His passion for blues music and culture has extended to his second artistic passion, illustration. With over 200 portraits and drawings produced Tom has self published a pictorial anthology of Blues music, screen prints, t-shirts and paintings.
Tom has recorded over 20 albums and collaborated with musicians such as- Phil Wiggins, Arthur Migliazza, Asie Payton, Bad News Blues Band, Austin Counts, Howe Gelb, Calexico, Gabriel Sullivan, Naim Amor. In 2009 he was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. He has shared the stage with the likes of B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Jimmie Vaughan, Lazy Lester, Kim Wilson, Canned Heat and many others.
Blues Musican. Plays and teaches harmonica in styles of pre-war Chicago, Piedmont, West coast and Country. Also plays Mississippi Delta style slide guitar
Tucson, AZ, USA