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Award Winning Performing Songwriter
Wally Lawder is an award winning performing songwriter who has 5 CD’s of original music to his credit, including his new release (June 2012) of “This Dangerous Life.”
Wally is a collector of stories. He discovers them in coffee shops and street corners,
casual conversations, in the seemingly ordinary events of daily life. They have a
way of spinning around his mind and wandering onto notepads. They feed his imagination,
and sometimes end up in his songs. His musical style could best be described as
“folk fusion,” integrating many styles and influences into a unique, lyric-
Wally was the winner of the 2010 ACLU Southwest NM songwriting contest, a finalist in the 2009 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and winner of the 2008 Gila River Songwriting Competition.
Wally is originally from Kansas, but grew up in Connecticut and lived several years in the Princeton, NJ area before moving to New Mexico in 2003 and to Tucson, Arizona in spring of 2012. His eclectic life path has led him to work as a nonprofit catalyst, carpenter, alternative energy consultant/technician, holistic educator and cognitive therapist, not to mention a brief, but strangely memorable stint as a waiter in a Karaoke bar. All of these experiences and more have been inspiration for his muse.
A musician for many years, he didn't start writing his own material until the later
1990's. "I really took a liking to performers like John Gorka, Ellis Paul, Patty
Larkin, Susan Werner, Bruce Cockburn. I could relate so much to their songwriting
and was inspired to write my own." Wally often performs solo; he also performs with
his New Mexico band The Raptured Coyotes. Formerly he performed as part of the ensemble
The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is listed on the National Register of Historic Places It houses six permanent collections of paintings that trace historical events and native cultures of the Southwest. Rotating exhibitions display some of the 15,000 DeGrazia originals, including oils, watercolors, sketches, serigraphs, lithographs, sculptures and ceramics. For more information, visit www.DeGrazia.org