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Walter's love of history and study of oral traditions led him to work at several museums including San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, where he sailed the Hawaiian Chieftain (a 105ft topsail ketch), and the scow schooner Alma (a craft unique to the San Francisco Bay) and crewed on Delaware's state ship the Kalmar Nyckel.
A regular performer at San Francisco's Festival of the Sea with his band Salty Walt and the Rattlin' Ratlines, he has completed his second tour of Europe playing at festivals and folk clubs: England (Scarborough.s Seafest), The Netherlands (Scheepvaart Museum), and Germany (Festival Maritim).
He has shared the stage with acts such as Lou Killen, Tom Lewis, The Johnson Girls, Holdstock & Macleod, Hughie Jones, Richard Grainger, Maree De Paradis, New Model Army, and many others.
At home in San Francisco he performs regularly where he works to maintain the authentic voice of the traditions he represents while making this music accessible to a new generation.