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Matt in Boronia Tech band


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


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


Margaret Oats

(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 and producing albums for Crystal Thomas and Liz Stringer


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


Produced new album Unknown Country for Broderick Smith. Recorded in The 8-Track Shack by Matt and Dave Manton. Released 2008


Liz Stringer's album, Pendulum, produced by Matt, released January, 2008


Crystal Thomas & the Flowers of Evil, produced by Matt, recorded at The 8-Track Shack with Dave Manton and released on Stovepipe Records 2008


Touring as part of Mia Dyson band including Joe Cocker Australian Tour and West Coast Blues and Roots Festival 2008


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, recorded by Matt and Dave Manton released on Liberation Music


Played as a duo with Ashley Davies at the Apollo Bay Music Festival



Played duo gigs with Broderick Smith to promote Unknown Country as well, as solo gigs and guesting with other bands


Teaching guitar – acoustic & electric, bottle-neck slide, open tuning, lap steel, dobro. Also harmonica, song writing and improvisation



Playing solo gigs as well as duo gigs with Broderick Smith. Guest appearances with other bands. Recording new solo album in The 8-Track Shack. Producing and recording others in The 8-Track Shack with Dave Manton



Playing as part of Tex Perkins'  Man in Black concert band.

Playing as part of Archie Roach's Into The Bloodstream concert band

Producing and recording others in The 8 Track Shack

Teaching guitar

Released solo album In Echoes of Dawn on Stovepipe Records

Tour to promote the album - Qld, NSW, SA

Tour of Netherlands and Germany to promote the release of the album in Europe on Smoked Recordings

Matt Walker guest presents the Daily Planet, on ABC Radio National and plays a transcontinental duo with Lucky Oceans in Perth and Matt in Melbourne



Playing all major festivals around Australia as part of Archie Roach's Into The Bloodstream concert band

Playing as part of Archie Roach's new show - Creation

Formed new band The Lost Ragas -

Simon Burke - drums, keyboards, vocals

Shane Reilly - pedal steel, vocals

Roger Bergodaz - bass, drums, vocals

Matt Walker - vocals, guitar

Recorded new album as Lost Ragas - Album title Phantom Ride

Album released - November 17th, 2013

Studio work, teaching and advertising work



Lost Ragas' second album - Transatlantic Highway released 2015

Third album featuring new drummer Haydn Meggitt - This is Not a Dream released September 2nd, 2019

Producing and recording for others with Rowan Matthews at Stovepipe Studios (the new name for the 8-track shack)

Collaborated on and contributed to Lucky Ocean's 2019 Hank Williams tribute album  - Purple Sky (Nominated for Best Blues & Roots Album in ARIA Awards)

Playing solo gigs

Playing duo shows with Tex Perkins and as part of The Fat Rubber Band

Recorded with Rowan Mathews and co-produced with Tex Perkins - debut FRB album due for release 2021

Stovepipe Studios closed in 2020

Playing guitar in Far From Folsom and Man in Black (featuring Tex Perkins & Rachel Tidd)

Completed an instrumental album with Ben Franz released in 2022

Thinking about a new Lost Ragas album

Embarked on a Fat Rubber Band European tour.

Teaching at JMC Music Academy, collaborating with other musicians,  walking, beachcombing, growing vegetables,...



Matt with Neil Murray

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