The Baker Suite
Genre:Acoustic, Folk, Pop
The Baker Suite excel at unfolding relaxed stories full of humility an subtle seduction. Their collaboration of poetry and music with evocative melody carries the listener on journey's from a seaside carnival ground to the central desert. They’re best described as pop/folk cinematic storytelling.
John’s sound is Paul Simon meets Nick Drake, with Gayle Buckby’s ethereal accordion steering it towards the soundtrack from the film, Amelie. Reviewers have described their songs as: ‘gypsy romantica’, ‘French café’, ‘subtle seduction’ and ‘slow with untroubled beauty’ while some of their grooves have had the whole room up dancing.
Based in Adelaide Australia, they tour nationally and internationally and have just returned from a European tour taking in Germany, Czech Republic and France. Festival appearances include the Bohemia Jazz Festival (CZ), Okayama Cultural Festival (JP), Nelson Arts Festival (NZ), International Guitar Festival (AU), Adelaide Festival of Arts (AU), and The National Folk Festival (AU). They have opened for Elton John, Kate Ceberano, Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter, Vika and Linda Bull, Francoiz Breut (Fr) and Mary Gauthier (USA).
Often performing as a duo, The Baker Suite are: John Baker (guitar/vocals) and Gayle Buckby (accordion/ vocals). They’re sometimes joined by John Aué or Lyndon Gray (contra bass), BJ Barker or Enrico Morena (drums), Peter Raidel (sax/clarinet) and Karen DeNardi (viola).
The Baker Suites’ most recent album, A Quartet for Car Horns and Brakes' was produced by Australian jazz icon Paul Grabowsky (who also plays piano on the album), and was released in 2010. Their next album is underway and due for release early 2013.
“I have always treasured great song writing, and after listening to The Baker Suites’ demo recordings I was struck by the depth and authenticity of the material. It harks back to great writers such as James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carole King or Burt Bacharach” Paul Grabowsky.
“a collaboration of poetry and music”. Bohemia Jazz Festival, Czech Republic
“Like an Antonioni movie on Kangaroo Island”. ABC Radio National
“Pithy pop for thinking people” Sydney Morning Herald
Sessions, Space Theatre (Festival Centre).
$25 / $22.50 concessions
Book at Bass 131 246