Peter Walker

Union to Host Legendary Folk Guitarist

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One of the perks of living in a town like Athens is that, all of a sudden, there can be a last-minute announcement for an early Wednesday night show with a guitar legend.

Tonight at 8 p.m., Aquabear Legion, Andrew Lampela and Tim Peacock will present Peter Walker with Dead Winds of Summer at The Union.

Peter Walker is an American folk guitarist noted for dynamic instrumental pieces inspired by Indian raga and Spanish flamenco traditions, blended with traditional American folk and occasional rock influences.

Walker’s debut, Rainy Day Raga, was released by Vanguard Records in 1966. It was followed by the release of Second Poem (1968), where he was accompanied by flautist Jim Pepper (of The Free Spirits) along with violin, tabla and tamboura.

Along with Sandy Bull, John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Walker is considered to be one of the premier guitarists of his generation and the missing link between Ravi Shankar and Timothy Leary.

The show will begin at 8 p.m. with Walker taking the stage at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Haffa’s Records in Athens or online at (there is a small fee for online sales).