Art-folk, cinematic storytelling, French Cafe and cabaret romantica . . . all terms which have been used to describe poetic Australian band The Baker Suite.
A sound reminiscent of Paul Simon, Sting and the Yann Tiersenn soundtrack to the film, Amelie. Their music is built around a warm combination of acoustic guitar and parisian-esque accordion.
The core of The Baker Suite is John Baker (guitar) and Gayle Buckby (accordion). They often tour as a duo or sometimes joined by Lyndon Gray or John Aue on double bass, Julian Ferraretto on violin/mandolin/saw, and Enrico Mick Morena on drums.
The Baker Suite have been performing their original music throughout Australia and internationally for over 11 years and 2013 saw the release of their 4th studio album, ‘Your Dreaming Self’, in Australia and Germany.
Festival appearances include WOMADelaide (AU 2014), International Asia-Pacific Music Festival (RU 2014), Bohemia Jazz Festival (CZ, 2012), Okayama Cultural Festival (JP, 2010), Nelson Arts Festival (NZ, 2010), International Guitar Festival (AU, 2009), Adelaide Festival of Arts (AU), Adelaide Cabaret Festival (AU), Lorch Am Rhein Cultural Festival (DE), and The National Folk Festival (AU).
The Baker Suite has opened for Elton John, Kate Ceberano, Archie Roach & Ruby Hunter, Vika and Linda Bull, Francoiz Breut (Fr) and Mary Gauthier (USA).
‘Minor masterpieces that blend folk, country, blues and jazz speckled with global allusions sit beside quirky pop songs suggestive of Paul Simon’. The Australian, 4 stars
‘Like a Hemingway novel…full of romance and stories that contain truth, beauty and intrigue in equal measure’. Kate Ceberano
‘Harks back to great writers such as James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Carole King and Burt Bacharach’, Paul Grabowsky
‘rouses aural aphrodisia’ InDaily
‘Pithy pop for thinking people’ Sydney Morning Herald