Hal Walker

Kent, Ohio

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Hal Walker grew up in Kent, Ohio blowing the harmonica along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. A natural-born musician, he is one-of-a-kind. His diverse, unique style delights audiences of all ages. Hal’s original songs celebrate Ohio, community and the creative process. He composes and improvises on the guitar, piano, harmonica and other instruments that you probably never even knew existed. In collaboration, Hal Walker has developed a modern version of a traditional African instrument called “Banakulas.” (Ba-na-‘ku-la.) Bringing harmonicas and banakulas into schools all around the state of Ohio, he has provided thousands of students with a foundation for a lifetime of playing music “that fits in your pocket.” With a subtle force, Hal Walker brings music into the daily lives of Ohio’s schoolchildren. Hal lives in a house full of musical instruments in Kent with his eleven-year old banakula-playing daughter, Hallie.

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