My Weekend: Sandy Walker

Sandy Walker
Sandy Walker
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Sandy Walker from Gosport is singer, pianist and songwriter for Walker Broad, a blues band which has recently been nominated for the Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award for Original Blues Song.

Here she describes her perfect weekend.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

To stay with a friend who lives in Aachen and to see the Christmas markets last December. Whilst I was there, I did a bit of PR work and Walker Broad were booked for a gig at a venue in Aachen in July.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

I went to see Robert Cray at the Anvil in Basingstoke. It was a great gig. He’s a really great blues artist with a funky/souly edge.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

I went to the Nuffield Theatre in Southampton to see Alchemy in the UK: AKA Never mind the Binrats . written by a friend, Maggie Neville. It’s a great social commentary on our times with some hilarity thrown in for good measure.

The last book you read?

The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the making of the Western World. It’s by Iain McGilchrist and is an absolutely brilliant examination of the influence the hemispheres of the brain have had and continue to have on Western Culture. Really gets you thinking.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

The latest James Bond film, Skyfall. I haven’t liked Daniel Craig as Bond much, but this film was loads better, he was more in keeping with the other Bond characters and I really liked the film.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

Playing music is a great way to relax. I play the piano and/or write songs. I feel really privileged that other musicians will also play these songs so I don’t just have to be a bedroom musician.

What do you watch on TV?

Very little if I can help it. Occasionally I watch a murder programme like Criminal Minds or Bones, but I think watching TV is a waste of time.

And which TV programmes do you avoid?

Almost all of them, particularly the likes of X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. They feel really exploitative to me.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Them Crooked Vultures. I couldn’t possibly tell you what we’d do all weekend.

Where do you shop?

I try to avoid shopping. It is bad for my mental health. The internet, particularly Amazon, gets most of my money.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

One of my favourite pubs to play in is the Auckland Arms in Southsea. The proprietors, Dave and Helene, are so friendly and the atmosphere is terrific.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

I love walking at Queen Victoria Country Park, Butser Hill, or Stokes Bay.