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".**Back To Top**
Walkway On Spitfire
Walkway first appeared on "Taking Off With Spitfire", on Sunday 3rd June 2018, and we look forward to having them back very soon! Remember, we're always looking for fresh local talent to broadcast and promote, if you want to be involved you can provide us with some information about yourself as well as uploading a demo here.**Back To Top**
Meet The Band
Chris Ready 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.
James Ready 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.
Mik Skiba 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.
Andy Burlace 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.
Buy Music**Back To Top** You can find out more about Walkway via their own website, as well as from their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages.