Denise & Graham R Walker
A potted history
Denise did the same from the 1980s
Graham worked in several bands and as a solo artiste from the 1970s
It’s unlikely that you would have heard of them until 1985 when Graham wrote his "Singing Fireman Road show", and convinced the West Yorkshire Fire Service to adopt it as a new way of teaching fire safety to children.
For the following two years, Denise and Graham performed the one and a half hour show in Theatres the length and breadth of the British Isles, to an estimated 500,000 children and
Graham’s song from the show, “The Welephant" was released on Island Records and reached number 87 in the pop charts (phew!).
They were featured annually on Yorkshire Television’s children's show "Our World, My World".
Rivendel Country have performed their Country, Country and Irish and Country Line Dance shows in Social Clubs, Cabaret Clubs, Theatres, on cruises, at festivals & Holiday camps etc., since 1982. They specialise in close harmonies and clever musical accompaniment on guitar, banjo and mandolin featuring country songs from the 1930’s right up to the current line dance favourites.
They have appeared at many of the major Country Music Festivals and have been fortunate enough to win several 'Best Duo / Best Act awards. Depending on the night they tailor, their act to suit the audience and be it Line Dance, Couple Dance, Concert or a mixture of all three, the act is in essence the same, in that vocal harmony, musicianship and audience participation are the main elements.
Graham R Walker
Recent developments on the country scene have resulted in more and more venues turning to the solo performer for their entertainment. With this in mind plus the fact that Denise and Graham’s son Joseph, now twelve years of age, likes having Mum at home, Graham is also available as a solo artiste.
Graham R Walker sings and plays guitar, banjo and mandolin to a very high standard and is in no way a lesser version of Rivendel Country.
In his solo act he performs many songs and instrumentals not performed by the duo.
T.V. & Radio
Denise and Graham have appeared on several radio & television shows including:-
The Gloria Hunniford Show, (BBC Radio 2)
The Derek Jameson Show (BBC Radio 2),
Country club, (BBC Radio 2),
Blue Peter, (BBC 1)
Saturday Morning Superstore, (BBC1)
Daytime Live, (BBC1)
Pebble Mill at One (BBC1),
Our World My World, (ITV1)
Plus many regional TV and radio shows.
Rivendel Country are two fully professional entertainers who believe that variety is the spice of life, and whether they perform a country concert or Country line dance show, they enjoy doing what they do best - entertaining.