Now in their 11th year, having played over 1000 shows, and still only in their twenties; Walkway firmly have the reputation as one of the UK’s brightest up and coming rock bands.
Hailing from Diss, East Anglia, England, Walkway take on the old fashioned approach of hard work by consistently touring around the UK, performing 100+ shows each year in music venues, pubs, bars, clubs and festivals - This resulting in them often being described as “The Hardest working band in Britain”.
With the driving force of founding members the Ready Brothers, Walkway have opened for Status Quo (electric and aquostic), The Darkness, Black Stone Cherry, Slade, Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Eric Martin (Mr Big), Graham Bonnet (Rainbow), plus had national airplay on BBC Radio 2.
Before his death, Walkway were also scheduled to be working and touring with Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) on his solo project; for which Chris and James had written music ready to be submitted for this.
The successful Walkway brand sees a range of merchandise from caps and badges to beanies and T-shirts and hoodies, plus copies of the bands albums sold and promoted by the band themselves.
The distinctive Walkway logo is easily recognised and seen up and down the country.
In 2017 the band also released their highly anticipated third album WWIII.
Recorded in only 13 days at Sonic One Studio, Wales and mastered at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by Grammy Winner Sean Magee, WWIII contains 12 new Walkway songs, plus a tribute to the late Status Quo Guitarist/Vocalist Rick Parfitt with a cover of Quo's "Rain".
The track also features original Status Quo Drummer John Coghlan guesting on drums.
The album has received rave reviews from the press and public with regular comments of "best rock album of 2017".
"Really enjoyed it, loved the energy you guys had.
You boys are annoyingly good"
- Rick Parfitt & Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
“I actually felt like I was at your show…”
- Dan Hawkins (Guitarist for The Darkness)
“You guys have got a very bright future ahead of you”
- Chris Robertson (Singer & Lead Guitarist for Black Stone Cherry)
"I would love to have Walkway out on tour with us.
You're a great rock and roll band that are going places.
I'm your biggest fan"
- Eric Martin (Front Man / Singer For Mr Big)
“Walkway is a band full of potential with a pounding rhythm section and a rising guitarist in James Ready.
Overlook these guys and your peril!!"
- Darren Redick (Presenter on Planet Rock Radio)
“Love the playing, great show!
I look forward to seeing you guys again"
- Herman Li (Lead Guitarist for DragonForce)
"They've harmonies to rival Def Leppard, riffs by the truckload and choruses to die for.
What are you waiting for, get stuck in."
- Rob Evans (Powerplay Magazine)
"Once you've had the WALKWAY experience you'll want to hear more...
This band deserves to hit the big time"
- Colin & Suzy (Rockfiend Publications Scotland)
"This band are the real deal, from the powerhouse drums of Andy Burlace and amiable front man Chris Ready, backed up by the strong musical talent of his brother James.
They were a definite highlight of Hard Rock Hell AOR 2017, and I'm looking forward to my next encounter with them already."
- Johnny Main (MetalTalk)
WALKWAY HAVE SUPPORTED:
Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake)
Black Stone Cherry
Eric Martin (Mr Big)
Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Michael Schenker Group, Rainbow)
John Coghlan's Quo
Status Quo (Electric & Aqoustic)
Von Hertzen Brothers
WALKWAY HAVE SHARED THE SAME STAGE/LINEUPS AS:
Danny & Ben (Thunder)
Don Airey (Deep Purple)
Funeral For A Friend
Graham Oliver's Saxon
Lonely The Brave
Martyn Turners Wishbone Ash
The Pigeon Detectives
Lead Vocals / Rhythm Guitar
Founding member Chris first learnt to play Piano at the age of 12, from which he made the transition to Guitar at the age of 13.
It was in 2007 when Chris and James started up the band Walkway.
In need of a Vocalist, Chris took on this role as well as Rhythm Guitar player for
the band, and from here he developed his skills by forming a songwriting partnership with James.
Chris' main vocal influences include Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Steve Perry (Journey), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and Don Henley (Eagles, Don Henley).
With rock being his main music passion, Chris listens to a broad spectrum of musical genres, however it is evident from his performance at shows that Chris is a born performer with his charismatic and flamboyant stage presence and distinct vocal style.
Chris uses: Blackstar Amplification, Dean Markley Strings, Gibson Guitars, Sennheiser Mics, Vocalzone.
Chris is proudly endorsed by: Blackstar Amplification, Dean Markley Strings, Faith Guitars, Vocalzone.
Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals
Founding member James has played Guitar since the age of 10.
Being a natural born Guitarist James formed the band Walkway in 2007 and since then has gained the reputation as one of the leading Guitarists within the the UK's rock music scene.
James' Guitar influences include Edward Van Halen (Van Halen), Joe Satriani (Joe Satriani, Chickenfoot) and Joe Bonamassa (Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion).
James uses: Faith Guitars, Fender Guitars, Gibson Guitars, Hayden Amplification, Ibanez Guitars, Orange Amplification, Patrick Eggle Guitars, PRS Guitars, Tony Edwards Guitars and a variety of pedals.
James is proudly endorsed by: Boss/Roland, Faith Guitars, Hayden Amplification, Orange Amplification, Seymour Duncan, Tony Edwards Guitars.
Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals
Mik first got involved in music at the age of 10.
Building his reputation as a musician by raising his profile from playing shows in and around Ipswich, Mik crossed paths with Walkway from first becoming a fan after watching the band live on various occasions.
Despite originally being a Guitarist, after receiving a call from James asking to audition for the band, Mik made the transition to Bass Guitar and has since become a vital part of the Walkway sound and Rhythm Section.
He is the youngest member of Walkway.
Mik's influences include Steve Vai (Steve Vai, Whitesnake, Frank Zappa), Slash, (Guns N Roses, Slash, Velvet Revolver), Jimi Hendrix, Duff McKagan (Guns N Roses, Duff McKagan's Reloaded).
Mik uses: Orange Amplification, Spector Basses and a variety of pedals.
Mik is proudly endorsed by: Orange Amplification, Spector Basses.
Drums / Percussion / Backing Vocals
Andy started playing music aged 9, and was regularly gigging on the Ipswich music scene by age 11.
Having played with many high-profile bands and artists, including Breed 77, Gregg Wright (Michael Jackson) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot), Andy’s true professionalism and great showmanship to compliment his superb drumming ability made him the obvious choice for Walkway when joining the band in December 2016.
Andy's influences include Benny Greb, Travis Barker (Blink 182) Jeff Porcaro (Toto) and Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
Andy uses DW and Pork Pie Drums, Istanbul Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Wincent Sticks, Crush Pedals, Hardcase Drum Cases and a Pork Pie Drum Stool.
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